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November 8, 2000

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in the United States: 1979-1998

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(18):2322-2323. doi:10.1001/jama.284.18.2317

To the Editor: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the most common transmissible spongiform encephalopathy in humans. In response to concerns about the emergence of new variant CJD (nvCJD) in the United Kingdom, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) enhanced its ongoing CJD surveillance.1,2 We describe results of mortality surveillance for CJD in the United States from 1979 through 1998.