Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare, 100% fatal, neurodegenerative brain disorder believed to be caused by abnormally folded proteins called prions (pronounced "pree-ons").
Other human prion diseases also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) include kuru, Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, variant CJD, and fatal familial insomnia.
- About Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Fact sheet that answers some commonly asked questions about classic CJD.
- CJD Statistics
In conjunction with CDC, MDH has been involved in national surveillance for CJD. Surveillance includes ongoing review of state vital statistics data for deaths related to CJD.
- For Health Professionals
Information about reporting of cases by health care providers, infection control precautions, and autopsy coordination services.