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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: Monitoring the occurrence of emerging forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the United States [FULL TEXT]
Date: March 13, 2005 at 6:58 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Monitoring the occurrence of emerging forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the United States [FULL TEXT] posted by TSS on November 13, 2004 at 2:35 pm:

Annu Rev Public Health. 2005;26:191-212.


The public health impact of prion diseases (1).

Belay ED, Schonberger LB.

Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for
Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Atlanta, Georgia 30333; email: EBelay@cdc.gov.

Several prion disease-related human health risks from an exogenous
source can be identified in the United States, including the
iatrogenic transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the
possible occurrence of variant CJD (vCJD), and potential zoonotic
transmission of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Although
cross-species transmission of prion diseases seems to be limited by
an apparent "species barrier," the occurrence of bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE) and its transmission to humans indicate that
animal prion diseases can pose a significant public health risk.
Recent reports of secondary person-to-person spread of vCJD via
blood products and detection of vCJD transmission in a patient
heterozygous at codon 129 further illustrate the potential public
health impacts of BSE.

PMID: 15760286 [PubMed - in process]

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TSS



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