CJD Exposure In U.S. Hospital
Eleven people who underwent brain surgery at a South Carolina hospital earlier this year may have been exposed to a deadly neurodegenerative disorder called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).
Reuters reported that a brain surgery patient in February at Greenville Hospital System was later found to have the extremely fatal brain disease. However, before this discovery was made, the same surgical tools were used on 11 other brain surgery patients, though the tools had been sterilized. Unfortunately, protocol typically calls for disposal, not reuse, of all surgical tools used on patients with prion disease.
Prions are unstoppable and the pathogen spreads through the bodily fluids and cell tissue of its victims. Prions shed from humans are the most deadly mutation. They demand more respect than radiation. Infected surgical instruments, for example, are impossible to sterilize and hospitals throw them away. Prions are in the blood, saliva, urine, feces, mucus, and bodily tissue of its victims. Many factors are contributing to the epidemic. Prions are now the X factor. Industry and government are not accounting for them or regulating them. They are ignoring the threat completely, which violates the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 in the United States. Other nations also are ignoring laws developed to protect food, air and water.
“There is now real evidence of the potential transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Thomas Wiesniewski M.D. a prion and Alzheimer’s researcher at New York University School of Medicine. “In fact, this ability to transmit an abnormal conformation is probably a universal property of amyloid-forming proteins (prions).”
A new study published in the journal Nature renews concern about the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s disease between people. A second study by the same scientist in early 2016 adds to the stack of evidence.
Prion disease is always fatal–there is not a known cure and there is not a known way to neutralize them 100 percent. As such, prions are known to migrate, mutate, multiply and kill people, livestock and wildlife.
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