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5 Facts you should know about

Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease

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1

Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (CJD) is a neurodegenerative disease

that is incurable and invariably fatal.

2

Infection with this disease leads to death

usually within 1 year of onset of illness.

3

CJD is at times called a human form of mad cow disease

(bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE).

4

CJD is caused by an infectious agent called a prion.

5

CJD causes the brain tissue to degenerate rapidly,

and as the disease destroys the brain, the brain develops holes and the texture changes to resemble that of a sponge.

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