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help on cruetzfelft jacobs disease (sp?)

Neal Prakash eamg061 at aldebaran.oac.uci.edu
Fri Nov 17 03:50:11 EST 1995

also if my memory serves correctly, it is no longer classified as a "slow 
virus" it is a protein!

more specifically called a prion. c-j,  scrapie (in sheep), and kuru are 
all prion mediated diseases. that's all i remember, sorry i have no 

 > CReutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
> (Subacute Spongiform Encephalopathy)
> "A progressive, inevitably fatal, slow virus disease of the CNS, 
> charcterized by progressive dementia and myocolinic seizures and affecting 
> adults in mid-life"  (The Merck Manual, Sixteeth edition, copyright 1992, 
> pg. 209.
> "little is known about its (the viruses mode) of transmission."
> The Merck Manual further recommends standard Universal Precautions when 
> dealing with people with Creutzfeldt-jakob's, and recommends Steam 
> Autoclaving of instruments used with patient's with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's.  
> It also warns that formalin does not appear to be a effective means of 
> steriliztion.
> If memory serves me correctly, the only noted "possibly" transmission of 
> Creutzfeldt-Jakob is via direct contact with infected bodily fluids, such 
> as blood, or cerebral spinal fluid, or infected bodily tissues such as 
> brain dura matter.  However, I also remember that eating sheep eyes as is 
> a custom in some Arabic countries is also a high risk "behavior" for the 
> transmission of Creutzfeldt-Jakobs. I unfortunately do not recall if 
> sexual contact is included in possible modes of transmission, but would 
> recommend the use of a condom, as part of the general Universal 
> Precautions.   
> Unfortunately, like so many viruses, little is know about this one. 
> sincerely, 
> William T. Honeycutt, RN.

-neal prakash 
aka shrapnel 
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and going to parties, and Frensic, whose appearance tended to limit his
sensual pleasures to putting things into himself rather then into other
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