CJD Brain Infection Found
At CA Hospital
By Steve Gibson
Sacramento Bee Staff Writer

Elective surgeries resumed Friday at Mercy San Juan Medical Center, one day after they were halted when a patient tested positive for a brain infection.
"We're now in the process of rescheduling operations we'd postponed," said Bryan Gardner, hospital spokesman.
He said the Carmichael hospital voluntarily stopped elective surgeries Thursday after doctors said a patient had contracted Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, a devastating brain disorder.
The hospital was placed on alert after a patient, who underwent a brain biopsy, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, Gardner said.
At the same time, the case was reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, he said. Gardner said the instruments used on that patient were taken out of circulation to prevent the disease from spreading.
Gardner said hospital officials began rescheduling surgeries Friday morning following lengthly telephone consultations with the state Department of Health and the CDC.
"Those agencies have advised us that we have gone above and beyond what was necessary to ensure the safety of patients and staff," Gardner said. "What people need to understand, is that there is no risk to our staff and other patients of the hospital."


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