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SEP 16, 2013 - Huffington Post

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: A Look At The Risk Of Contracting The Prion Infection During Surgery

By Philip Yam (Click here for the original article) New Hampshire health officials announced last week that hospitals in three New England states may have accidentally exposed 15 people to prions, the infectious protein that ravages the brain and leaves it full of holes. Evidently, the hospitals involved used surgical tools that had previously been deployed on a patient who officials suspect later died from a particular prion infection called sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). As disturbing as the revelation was, it pales in comparison with the announcement in 2002, when the ... Read More

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