Hospital - 500 Patients 'Only
Exposed To CJD, Not nvCJD' !!

From Patricia Doyle, PhD
I am sure that the 500 patients will be relieved to hear that it was not the human form of mad cow disease they were exposed to, only CJD.
Of course, someone might just want to tell Emory University Hospital that the end result is the same... because CJD and nvCJD are really the same killer disease...The result of which is death after a horrible wasting-away process.
Patricia Doyle
Patient's Disorder Isn't Mad Cow Disease
ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University Hospital has confirmed that a brain surgery patient does not have the human version of mad cow disease, but does have a rare, fatal disorder that resembles it.
The hospital issued an alert more than a week ago saying preliminary tests on the unidentified patient produced a diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. It warned that at least 500 other patients may have been exposed to the disease if they came into contact with surgical instruments used on the patient.
In a letter dated Friday, medical Director Robert B. Smith III said laboratory tests came back positive but also "confirmed that this is not the disease commonly called 'mad cow disease.'"
The human form of mad cow disease is called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob.
Smith said it is extremely unlikely other patients would have been exposed to the disease. "Although we cannot guarantee your risk of an exposure is absolutely zero, it is immeasurably lower, for example, than other types of potential infections that sometimes occur in a hospital or other clinical surgical settings," he said.
Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
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