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Classical CJD- vCJD

First documented in the 1920’s, Classical CJD is a neurodegenerative disease with:

  • Sporadic occurrence in people with a mean age of 60
  • An incidence rate of one-in-one million worldwide
  • No evidence of transmissibility through blood
  • There are usually about 25 to 30 cases in Canada each year

Variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (vCJD) differs from Classical CJD in that it:

  • Occurs in people with a mean age under 30
  • Is caused by the same prion agent causing Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or Mad Cow Disease
  • Is believed to be transmissible through blood
  • In North America, there have been two confirmed cases: one in Saskatchewan, Canada and one in Florida, USA (both orginated in the U.K.).
vCJD Travel Deferral
Classical CJD- vCJD
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