State health officials will monitor eight patients who may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease after having neurosurgery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. Meanwhile, the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center is performing an autopsy on the decedent suspected of carrying the deadly brain disease.
Surgical equipment used to operate on the decedent is suspected of contamination with proteins from the disease. According to ABC News, “The equipment had been used to operate on a patient now suspected of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), the state Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. The now-deceased patient had undergone neurosurgery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, and normal sterilization practice doesn’t get rid of the proteins, known as prions, the health department said.”
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