Journal article

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and the potential for its accidental transmission following surgery with contaminated instruments: The risk of transmission in Australia

I Ramasamy, M Law, S Collins, F Brooke

FOLIA NEUROPATHOLOGICA | TERMEDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE LTD | Published : 2003

Abstract

We present a simple model for the quantitative risk assessment of vCJD transmission following surgery. Factors that affect the transmission of the disease are prevalence of the disease, concentration of prions in tissues, genetic susceptibility, the number and type of surgical procedures and the effectiveness of decontamination procedures. The main sources of uncertainty are the number of people currently incubating vCJD in Australia and the effectiveness of the decontamination processes for surgical instrumentation. The model serves as a guide for predicting the number of possible vCJD transmissions following individual surgical procedures. It is the uncertainty of the epidemic that poses a..

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