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How To Prevent Prion Infection
VERY rare: Prion disease are extremely rare Creutzfeld Jacob disease for instance has a one in million rate of occurrence Don't worry?! ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Curious about prion disease, after reading an article. How rare is it? What are prevention methods? How many cases per year.
See below: This is a group of diseases. All uncommon. The only preventive measure it not eat meat from animals that may be affected. For more information you may consult these two sites. https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/prion-diseases http://www.cdc.gov/prions/index.html ...Read more
Does the fact that ive ate meat from hunted deer in the past put me at risk of developing a prion disease in the future?
Ingestion: Current research suggests that the primary method of infection in animals is through ingestion. Knowledge in this field is in the formative stages, and research is continuing, trying to elucidate the means of transmission. Good news: clearly, occurrence is not common in humans; and when it occurs in animals, e.g. "mad cow disease", is isolated and eliminated, thus no spread. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do i make sure i never get a prion disease? Saw something about it on tv and they look horrifying
Don't think about it: Prion disease is extremely rare. Classic cases are usually genetic or having to do with cannibalism. Mad cow disease causing human prion disease is a possibility but it is not well established. One can eliminate meat from diet but there is no way to ensure you won't get it. It is out of your control so relax and don't let something like this stop you from living. ...Read more
Why r u concerned?: No one eats human brains anymore, so human "prion disease" = cjd. There are 3 types: sporadic, familial & variant. Sporadic is impossible to predict. Familial runs in families; it's genetic and can be tested for but genotype does not predict phenotype. Variant is contracted by eating contaminated beef. Check out www.Cjdsurveillance.Com. My advice: find something else to worry about. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not for donor: A donor of an organ or blood cannot be infected with a prion disease. An organ recipient can become infected with a prion disease if the donor suffered from that disease. For example, until this was recognized and screening initiatted, it was possible to transmit creutzfeld-jacob disease through cornea transplant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible that Alzheimer's and many other dementias are a prion disease since the real cause has never been determined?
I have been suffering from insomnia the past 2 months. Sleep study results were normal. Does that rule out serious brain diseases e.g. a prion disease?
Not much: There's not much we can do at present as some forms of prion diseases have to do with genetic mutations. Prion diseases can be transmitted by exposure to prion-contaminated tissues during a medical procedure. Another type of prion disease in humans, vcjd, is acquired by eating beef products obtained from cattle with prion disease. So stay away from beef from places with endemic prion disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Washing and cooking: To prevent e. Coli infections, one needs to wash thoroughly all fruits and vegetables, which will lower but not eliminate the risk, and thoroughly cook all meat products, especially ground beef. Proper cleaning of all food preparation areas will also be important in preventing the infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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