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CDC and Florida Department of Health investigate a likely case of new variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease in a U.K. citizen residing in the U.S

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    Thursday, April 18, 2002, 19:12 EST (7:12 PM EST) CDCHAN-00085-2002-04-18-UPD-N The Florida Department of Health and the CDC are investigating a likely case of new variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (vCJD) in a 22-year-old citizen of the United Kingdom living in Florida. The clinical diagnosis was made at a hospital in the U.K and she has since returned to the U.S. Preliminary analysis of information provided by the U.K. indicates that the patient's clinical condition and history are consistent with vCJD acquired in the U.K. However, the only way to confirm a diagnosis of vCJD is through study of brain tissue obtained by a brain biopsy or at autopsy. Includes: New Variant CJD: Fact Sheet Event Type: new variant Crutzfeld-Jacob (BSE) Context: emerging infectious diseases Event Type: Natural Agent Type: prion Specify Agent (Name): vCJD - (bovine spongiform encephalitis) International: no Intentional/Unintentional: unintentional
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