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This tissue slide shows sponge-like lesions in the brain tissue of a classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob patient. This lesion is typical of many prion diseases.

An Arkansas hospital shut down its operating rooms and sterilized surgical equipment after a possible diagnosis of a rare brain disease, state health officials said.

The disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, was detected in a patient at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. The hospital closed its operating rooms Tuesday, but it’s unclear when operations will resume.

“There is no word on when the operating rooms could reopen; that would be a question for the hospital,” said Margaret Mirivel, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department Health.

The hospital said while it’s unlikely other patients are affected, it closed its operating rooms as a precaution.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is extremely rare and affects one in every 1 million people annually worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The degenerative brain disorder leads to dementia and eventually death. It occurs when a protein called a prion folds abnormally, making it infectious and affecting its ability to function.

Mayo Clinic says the disease develops in three ways: It can occur sporadically, the patient can inherit the abnormal prion or one can contract it during a medical procedure.

CNN’s Sheena Jones and Christine Sever contributed to this report

1 Comment

  • flounder9

    TRANSMISSIBLE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY TSE PRION DISEASE AKA MAD COW TYPE DISEASE ARE IN ALL HOSPITALS, WE HAVE ALL BEEN EXPOSED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, EXPOSURE FROM DEER, ELK, CATTLE, SHEEP, EXPOSURE FROM SECOND HAND TRANSMISSION, IATROGENIC, FRIENDLY FIRE.

    PLEASE REMEMBER, ALL IATROGENIC CJD IS, IS SPORADIC CJD UNTIL THE ROUTE, SOURCE, THE IATROGENIC EVENT IS TRACED BACK, THEN DOCUMENTED, THEN PUT INTO THE ACADEMIC DOMAIN, AND FINALLY THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, WHICH VERY SELDOM HAPPENS DO TO THE LONG INCUBATION PERIOD, SURVEILLANCE, AND LACK OF ANY TRACE BACK EFFORTS.

    PLEASE REMEMBER ALSO, 85%+ OF ALL HUMAN TSE PRION DISEASE I.E. THE SPORADIC CJD IS NOT A SINGLE STRAIN FROM A TWISTED UP PROTEIN, WITH NO ROUTE AND SOURCE. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN PROVEN. THERE ARE MANY STRAINS TO THE SPORADIC CJD, ALL OF WHICH THE ROUTE AND SOURCE HAS NOT BEEN DOCUMENTED.

    > Washington Regional stated in its news release the disease wasn’t a variant condition known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or “mad cow” disease.

    ABSOLUTELY, THEY DO NOT KNOW THIS FOR SURE. IT VERY WELL COULD BE TIED TO EITHER ATYPICAL OR TYPICAL BSE OR ATYPICAL OR TYPICAL SCRAPIE, PLUS, NEW SCIENCE IS SHOWING THAT THE SPECIES BARRIER FOR CWD TO HUMANS IS NOT AS ROBUST AS ONCE THOUGHT, PLEASE SEE PRION2015 REFERENCES BELOW.

    >Wheeler said he also heard people worried the Washington Regional case could be tied to chronic wasting disease, a similar brain disorder found in deer and elk. He said the disorder has never been transmitted from an animal to a person.

    AGAIN, WHEELER HAS NO CLUE THAT THIS IS TRUE, JUST MORE WISHFUL THINKING.

    LET’S EVALUATE THE LATEST SCIENCE AND SOME OLD CONFIDENTIAL DATA, AND ALSO, LET US SEE WHAT THE PRION GODS AT CDC NIH SAID ABOUT CWD TO HUMAN RISK FACTOR, LET’S LOOK AT THE REST OF THE SCIENCE AND THE FACTS, THEN THE LAY PUBLIC CAN MAKE A BETTER DECISION. …

    >The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (CDC) advises that there has not been a single reported case of CJD transmitted by surgical instruments in the four decades since 1976 and the widespread adoption of modern surgical sterilization techniques by the nation’s hospital

    THE ABSOLUTELY DO NOT KNOW THIS AS FACT. AGAIN, WISHFUL THINKING.

    WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT NOT LOOKING, NO TRACE BACKS WITH SPORADIC CJD, IF YOU DON’T LOOK, YOU DON’T FIND, LIKE BSE IN CATTLE.

    I WILL GIVE YOU THE FACTS THAT DISPUTE EVERYTHING THE CDC NIH USDA FDA STATES WITH SOUND SCIENCE, and you will not print it because you can’t. this is just the way it is $$$

    they call it, USDA INC.

    just saying, carry on with this charade $$$

    p.s. for Gods sake, look at the recent science about Alzheimer’s and the potential it may be a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy TSE Prion and that it may be iatrogenic…

    p.s.s. one more think, if you think our fine federal friends will not lie to you, will not cover something up that kills you, another disease of long incubation, covered up for 100 years, all one has to do is look back at tobacco and asbestos.

    NOW ON TO THE FACTS AND THE SCIENCE ;

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Preliminary Diagnosis Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Confirmed in Patient that had Lumbar Puncture at Washington Regional Medical Center

    http://creutzfeldt-jakob-disease.blogspot.com/2016/03/preliminary-diagnosis-creutzfeldt-jakob.html

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