Lab tests have confirmed a diagnosis of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in a patient who recently died in Texas. Variant CJD is a rare, fatal brain disorder, first described in 1996 in the United Kingdom and associated with beef consumption overseas.
This is the fourth case ever reported in the United States. In each of the three previous cases, infection likely occurred outside the United States, including the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia. The history of this fourth patient includes extensive travel to Europe and the Middle East, and infection likely occurred outside the United States. The CDC and DSHS continue to investigate the case.
There are no Texas public health concerns or threats associated with this case.
CDC Confirmation Information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/vcjd/other/confirmed-case-in-texas.htm
CDC Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/vcjd/factsheet_nvcjd.htm
Texas CJD Information: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/creutzfeldt-jakob/