A Cluster of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease Patients from Nassau County, New York, USA

A Cluster of Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease Patients from Nassau County, New York, USA

February, 2001 Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science Vol. 31 
no. 2 p. 211-2
Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD) is a rare and transmissible neurological disorder, which has been increasing in frequency in the United States over the past two decades. [...]

We report 7 cases of CJD from North Shore University Hospital, a community-based teaching institution that serves Nassau County on Long Island, NY. These cases were diagnosed and died during the 12-mo period between mid-June 1999 to midJune 2000... These data suggest a CJD death rate in Nassau County... approximately 6 times the national rate. During the previous 1-yr period, no case of CJD was diagnosed in our laboratory [...]

The authors are concerned that the number of CJD cases in our catchment area appears to have increased dramatically during the 12-mo period. [...]

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