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Precautions for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Abstract

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease of the central nervous system. Premortem diagnosis may or may not be conclusive. Because the etiologic agent is virulent, definition of necessary precautions for medical staff associated with such patients is needed. Transmission of CJD in animals has been found to occur after inoculation with brain, spinal cord, liver, kidney, lung, and lymph node tissues in diminishing frequency. Effective methods of sterilization and disinfection for the etiologic agent are unknown. Thus, personnel associated with supposed-CJD patients should take precautions not unlike needle precautions for hepatitis B patients. A list of guidelines is given.

Jarvis WR

Infect Control 1982 May-Jun;3(3):238-9

PMID: 7047439

Precautions for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease was last modified: May 1st, 1982 by Jarvis WR