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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease case in Upper Austria

In one of hospitals in Linz a 55-years-old woman has undergo an operation last Thursday due to suspected brain disease, such as brain tumour, encephalitis, or stroke.

The brain tissue taken during the operation microscopically showed lesions similar to those typical for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. When they were examined in prion laboratory in Vienna, the diagnosis of this disease was confirmed.

To date, unfortunately, there is no cure from this severe transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. The operating-room now is still closed, as all the equipment used during the neurosurgical operation of the patient must be especially thoroughly disinfected.

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