Creutzfeldt-Jakob is diagnosed in 2 California residents

02/8/2012 | Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.)

California health officials reported that two people in the state have been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and one has died as a result of the illness. Officials think the cases are not related, and it is unclear whether these two cases are the variant or non-variant forms of CJD; variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is rare and related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, while the non-variant form is slightly more common and not related to BSE. Only three people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with vCJD to date, according to the CDC, and those people are believed to have contracted the disease while living abroad.

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