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Disease of the Day - 1/18/2013 - Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)

What is the nickname for Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)? Mad Cow Disease
How is vCJD contracted? (2) - exposure to materials from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (most likely nervous tissue) - possibly blood transfusions
How is vCJD diagnosed? Examination of the brain for florid plaques and spongiform changes.
What are the psychiatric symptoms of vCJD? 1.Depression 2.Anxiety 3.Agitation 4.Delusions 5.Hallucinations
After 6 months, what symptoms appear in individuals with vCJD? 1.Ataxia 2.Involuntary movements 3.Dystonia (twisting, grimacing movements)
What happens to individuals with vCJD as they near death? Immobility and Mute
What is the incubation period of vCJD up to 30 years
How are individuals with vCJD treated? Supportive care (no known cure)
True or False, individuals with vCJD need to be isolated. False
True or False, cases of vCJD need to be reported. False
How is vCJD prevented? avoid the nervous and lymphatic tissues of cattle
Created by: iAshee



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