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Can I get a prion disease from eating calf brains or only by handling uncooked ones?
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Either potentially
Cooking does not inactivate the malfolded infectious prion protein nor does formalin treatment.
It was shown decades ago that brain in formalin for years could transmit cjd.

In brief: Either potentially
Cooking does not inactivate the malfolded infectious prion protein nor does formalin treatment.
It was shown decades ago that brain in formalin for years could transmit cjd.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. Sam Gandy
Neurology
In brief: Avoid any ingestion
Eating or handling infected brains can lead to transmission and infection.
The only reliable way to destroy prions in tissue is immersion in fomalin for up to 4 wks.

In brief: Avoid any ingestion
Eating or handling infected brains can lead to transmission and infection.
The only reliable way to destroy prions in tissue is immersion in fomalin for up to 4 wks.
Dr. Sam Gandy
Dr. Sam Gandy
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Dr. Pam Yoder
What was the risk for students of gross anatomy who long ago did dissections without proper precautions, gloves, etc?
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