Recent us case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease—global implications

Atul Maheshwari, Michael Fischer, Pierluigi Gambetti, Alicia Parker, Aarthi Ram, Claudio Soto, Luis Concha-Marambio, Yvonne Cohen, Ermias D. Belay, Ryan A. Maddox, Simon Mead, Clay Goodman, Joseph S. Kass, Lawrence B. Schonberger, Haitham M. Hussein

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Abstract

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a rare, fatal prion disease resulting from transmission to humans of the infectious agent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. We describe the clinical presentation of a recent case of vCJD in the United States and provide an update on diagnostic testing. The location of this patient’s exposure is less clear than those in the 3 previously reported US cases, but strong evidence indicates that exposure to contaminated beef occurred outside the United States more than a decade before illness onset. This case exemplifies the persistent risk for vCJD acquired in unsuspected geographic locations and highlights the need for continued global surveillance and awareness to prevent further dissemination of vCJD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-759
Number of pages10
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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