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Report Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) within one week.

Diagnostic Criteria (PDF  65KB)

CJD became a notifiable condition in 1998 in Texas. Suspected cases of CJD should be reported to local health departments by dialing 1-800-705-8868.

Several Texas laws (Tex. Health & Safety Code, Chapters 81, 84 and 87) require specific information regarding notifiable conditions be provided to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, schools, and others are required to report patients who are suspected of having a notifiable condition (25 Tex. Admin. Code §97.2).

In September 1997, the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center (Prion Center) was established at the Division of Neuropathology of Case Western Reserve University to, among other functions, assist clinicians in the diagnosis of prion disease. The NPDPSC assists clinicians by analyzing cerebrospinal fluid, blood, and brain tissue.

Information about diagnostic services, protocols for various CJD testing, and specimen submission can be obtained at Prion Center or by contacting the director, Dr. Jiri Safar and staff at the Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, 2103 Cornell Rd., 5129 WRB, Cleveland, OH 44106-7288; Phone: (216) 368-3611; Fax: (216) 368-0494;  E-mail:

Physicians are strongly encouraged to confirm the diagnosis of CJD by arranging for an autopsy following the death of the person suspected of having CJD. This is especially important if the person had an onset of illness at an age less than 55 years. Please contact the center above for assistance or specimen submission.

Last updated March 28, 2019