Lymphocyte contamination of laryngoscope blades--a possible vector for transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Abstract

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is associated with extensive prion infection of lymphoreticular tissues during the prolonged asymptomatic incubation period. Instruments exposed to infected tissues of preclinically infected individuals during medical or surgical procedures represent a potential risk of iatrogenic transmission of vCJD prions. We… (More)

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