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An Investigation of Potential Neurosurgical Transmission of Creutzfeldt‐Jakob Disease: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Rachel L. Stricof , MPH, Patricia P. Lillquist , PhD, Nadia Thomas , MS, Ermias D. Belay , MD, Lawrence B. Schonberger , MD and Dale L. Morse , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 27, No. 3 (March 2006), pp. 302-304
DOI: 10.1086/503017
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/503017
Page Count: 3
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An Investigation of Potential Neurosurgical Transmission of Creutzfeldt‐Jakob Disease: Challenges and Lessons Learned
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Abstract

In 2001, New York State health officials were notified about 2 patients with Creutzfeldt‐Jakob disease who had undergone neurosurgical procedures at the same hospital within 43 days of each other. One patient had Creutzfeldt‐Jakob disease at the time of surgery; the other patient developed Creutzfeldt‐Jakob disease 6.5 years later. This investigation highlights the difficulties in assessing possible transmission of Creutzfeldt‐Jakob disease.

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