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From: TSS (216-119-144-36.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: Emory patients (More than 500) told of possible exposure to brain disease (CJD) VIA SURGICAL ARENA
Date: October 1, 2004 at 2:13 pm PST

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Subject: Emory patients told of possible exposure to brain disease (CJD)
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 15:13:17 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Emory patients told of possible exposure to brain disease

3:30 a.m. October 1, 2004

ATLANTA – More than 500 patients at Emory University Hospital have a
remote chance of exposure to a fatal disease similar to mad cow after a
brain surgery patient tested positive for the condition, officials said.


Although they called their risk of contracting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
"remote," officials are notifying 98 brain or spinal surgery patients
who may have had contact with the surgical instruments that were used on
the infected patient. They also are informing 418 non-neurosurgical
patients who had operations Sept. 10-27, although they are at lower risk.

Officials said Thursday that the infected patient's Sept. 15 diagnosis
still awaits definitive test results and that could take weeks. The
patient entered the hospital Aug. 24 with memory problems and other
neurological symptoms, and officials would not say if the patient was
still alive.

"Although we believe the chances of an exposure are extremely small, we
cannot guarantee they are zero," said Dr. Allan Levey, Emory's chairman
of neurology. "That is why Emory is taking every possible step to deal
with this matter."

Affected patients began receiving phone calls Thursday. Emory said there
was nothing they could or should do in response to the notification, but
said it would provide counseling for those who need it.

The concern involves the naturally occurring, or sporadic, form of
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease – not the variant form caused by eating mad
cow-infected meat. Sporadic CJD, which has no known cause, causes
dementia, loss of muscle coordination and eventually death.

There have been four known cases worldwide of sporadic CJD spread by
neurosurgical instruments – all occurring in Europe before 1976, when
most hospitals began implementing new sterilization procedures, said Dr.
Ermias Belay, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta.

However, Belay added that more cases may have occurred, but it's often
difficult to trace the source of the disease, which can take more than
seven years to show symptoms.

Emory officials said they routinely sterilize all surgical equipment and
have implemented an even more thorough sterilization procedure since
Sept. 15.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/science/20041001-0330-braindisease-emory.html

Hospital Warns Of Possible CJD Exposure

Health Talk, Canada - 1 hour ago
Emory officials believe Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an extremely
rare degenerative disease, is the probable diagnosis of an Emory
University Hospital ...
Atlanta Hospital Warns Of Possible Exposure To Brain Disease

Boston Channel.com, MA - 2 hours ago
... Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, is a degenerative disease that
affects occurs only one person per 1 million per year worldwide. ...

Brain Disease Exposure Scare

CBS News - 5 hours ago
... Sporadic CJD, which has no known cause, causes dementia, loss of
muscle coordination and eventually death. There have been four ...
Atlanta Hospital Warns Of Possible Exposure To Brain Disease

Local6.com, FL - 5 hours ago
... Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, is a degenerative disease that
affects occurs only one person per 1 million per year worldwide. ...

Atlanta Hospital Warns Of Possible Exposure To Brain Disease

WFtv.com, FL - 5 hours ago
... Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD, is a degenerative disease that
affects occurs only one person per 1 million per year worldwide. ...


TSS

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