Updated Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease infection control guidelines: sifting facts from fiction

Steven J Collins, Eugene Athan and Ann P Koehler
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10475
Published online: 21 October 2013

In reply: We thank Hodgson for sharing his concerns, affording us the opportunity to reassure the medical and non-medical communities about the utility of recently revised infection control guidelines for Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD).1 We reiterate that sporadic CJD is already endemic in Australia, necessitating guidelines that are regularly updated to ensure relevant scientific developments are incorporated, and that variant CJD (a zoonosis related to “mad cow” disease) has not occurred in this country.

  • Steven J Collins1
  • Eugene Athan2
  • Ann P Koehler3

  • 3 Communicable Disease Control Branch, Department of Health, Adelaide, SA.


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