On Monday, February 10 Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center released a statement saying that 18 patients may have accidentally been exposed to a rare brain disease.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the disease, identified as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, could cause memory loss, blindness, involuntary twitching, and paralysis. The disease is fatal and kills 90% of people diagnosed within a year.
Surgeons believe that the disease might have been circulated by operating with improperly sanitized tools. It has not yet been confirmed that the patients have been infected.
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