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Lithuania confirms this year's 2nd death from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

BC, Vilnius, 05.12.2016.Print version
Lithuania has registered this year's second death from sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), the Center for Communicable Diseases and AIDS said LETA/BNS.

he latest fatality was a 65-year-old woman. Like in earlier cases, it is unclear how she got infected with this rate illness.

Lithuania recorded two sporadic CJD cases last year and one case in 2005, 2007 and 2013 each.

CJD is a rare and fatal neurodegenerative condition which is classified as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. It is caused by an infectious agent called a prion.

Nearly 12,000 CJD cases were registered in 25 European countries, Australia, Canada and Israel between 1993 and 2013.

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