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.

3 comments:

jd said...

Tiny bubbles, in the brain
make me crazy, make me insane
tiny bubbles, make me twitch all over
with the feeling that now is gonna be the end of time.

jd said...

So here's to the kuru plaque,
and here's to the EEG,
and mostly here's a toast to PrP.

Anonymous said...

The CDC has been wildly successful in their campaign since 1976. If you were intimately involved in their "investigations" you might be a little more critical of their outstanding performance.

To J.D: Let's not forget to toast: Here's to the politics of CJD!!!