Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Thirteen patients in New England put at risk for iatrogenic CJD
CNN reports that a patient who had undergone neurosurgery in New Hampshire later developed autopsy-confirmed sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). Before the patient's disease was discovered, the same nonsurgical equipment used on the CJD patient was used on thirteen subsequent patients, putting those patients at risk for prion infection. The Centers for Disease Control has said that no cases of the disease linked to the use of contaminated medical equipment have been reported in the United States since 1976.