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13 Possibly Exposed to Fatal Brain Disease in New Hampshire Hospital

Destiny Baker3 years ago

According to FOX News, up to 13 patients may have been exposed to the rare and fatal brain disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

Patients Possible Exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

  • New Hampshire state health officials state that up to 13 patients may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) due to potentially contaminated surgical equipment.
  • A man treated at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire is believed to have died from CJD.
  • The man received neurosurgery treatment at the hospital in May and died in August.
  • An autopsy is being conducted at the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center, but results are not expected for up to another four weeks.
  • All patients at risk have been notified.

About Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, fatal brain disease that affects the nervous system.
  • According to the news report, approximately one out of every million people worldwide is infected with CJD with 200 new cases diagnosed each year.
  • Early symptoms of the disease included:

    • Personality Changes
    • Failing Memory
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Lack of Coordination
  • Later symptoms:

    • Blindness
    • Jerky Movement
    • Weak Arms and Legs
    • Coma
  • A positive diagnosis of the disease can only be confirmed through autopsy.
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