Nancy Writebol tested positive at the same medical compound in Liberia where American doctor, Dr Kent Brantly, became infected
Sep. 6, 2013 at 6:49 PM ET
Fifteen people in three states now have been warned that they may have been exposed to a rare and fatal brain disease through potentially contaminated surgical equipment, health officials said Friday.
In addition to eight patients in New Hampshire, five in Massachusetts and two in Connecticut have received the news that they may have shared tainted equipment with a patient who died from apparent Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, an invariably fatal brain disorder, those states confirmed.
The initial patient had brain surgery in May at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. Officials there are waiting for autopsy results, but say the patient likely suffered from sporadic CJD, which pops up spontaneously. It’s not the variant form of CJD that causes a human form of “mad cow disease” and is associated with eating beef contaminated with the cattle version, called bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE, experts caution.
Despite its deadly history, plague infection is serious but rarely fatal in modern times
A squirrel infected with plague bacteria prompted the closure of popular campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest on Wednesday, according to Los Angeles County health officials.
Officials with the county and the U.S. Forest Service closed the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops areas of the Table Mountain Campgrounds near Wrightwood, a small mountain town northeast of Los Angeles. A single ground squirrel trapped July 16 was found Tuesday to have tested positive.