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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease preventable?

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    The CJD Support Group Network (CJDSGN) offers support, information and assistance to all Australians affected by Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) or other prion diseases. The CJDSGN … View Profile

    As Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is transmissible then the answer has to be yes for some forms of CJD but for sporadic CJD, where there is no known cause, then it is unlikely that it can be prevented.  

    With genetic or inheritied forms of CJD there is no way to know when a person carrying a genetic mutation will begin active disease.  Some genetic families believe that stress may be a trigger for the onset of symptoms and therefore choose as stress free a life style as possible.

    Infection control guidelines for CJD have recently been reviewed and provide information on ways to prevent further cases of Iatrogenic or medically acqured forms of CJD.

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