Journal article

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease surveillance in Australia, update to December 2013.

Genevieve M Klug, Alison Boyd, Shannon Sarros, Christiane Stehmann, Marion Simpson, Catriona A McLean, Collin L Masters, Stephen J Collins

Communicable Diseases Intelligence | AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT, DEPT HEALTH & AGEING | Published : 2014

Abstract

Nation-wide surveillance of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, is performed by the Australian National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Registry, based at the University of Melbourne. Surveillance has been undertaken since 1993. Over this dynamic period in transmissible spongiform encephalopathy research and understanding, the unit has evolved and adapted to changes in surveillance practices and requirements, the emergence of new disease subtypes, improvements in diagnostic capabilities and the overall heightened awareness and understanding of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in the health care setting. In 2013..

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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.