Journal article

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease surveillance in Australia January 1970 to December 2003.

Genevieve M Klug, Victoria Lewis, Alison Boyd, James S Lee, Colin L Masters, Steven J Collins

Communicable Diseases Intelligence | AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT, DEPT HEALTH & AGEING | Published : 2004

Abstract

The Australian National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Registry (ANCJDR) was established by the Commonwealth Government in October 1993 in response to the recognition of four probable human pituitary hormone related Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) deaths. An inquiry into CJD in Australia and the use of human pituitary hormones under the Australian Human Pituitary Hormone Program suggested the expansion of some activities of the Registry to include retrospective case ascertainment from 1 January 1970. In parallel with monitoring possible medically acquired (iatrogenic) cases of CJD, the ANCJDR prospectively monitors and investigates all suspect cases of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies oc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The ANCJDR wishes to thank families, as well as medical practitioners and associated staff for their generous support of Australian CJD surveillance. The ANCJDR also thanks Associate Professor Handan Wand, Professor Matthew Law and Professor John Kaldor (The Kirby Centre; formerly the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research at the University of New South Wales) for their expert ad hoc epidemiological and statistical support, as well as the CJD Support Group Network for their assistance in surveillance activities.