Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease surveillance in Australia, update to December 2013

Genevieve M. Klug, Alison Boyd, Shannon Sarros, Christiane Stehmann, Marion Simpson, Catriona A. McLean, Collin L. Masters, Stephen J. Collins

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Nation-wide surveillance of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, is performed by the Australian National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Registry, based at the University of Melbourne. Surveillance has been undertaken since 1993. Over this dynamic period in transmissible spongiform encephalopathy research and understanding, the unit has evolved and adapted to changes in surveillance practices and requirements, the emergence of new disease subtypes, improvements in diagnostic capabilities and the overall heightened awareness and understanding of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in the health care setting. In 2013, routine surveillance continued and this brief report provides an update of the surveillance data collected by the Australian National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Registry prospectively from 1993 to December 2013, and retrospectively to 1970. The report highlights the recent multi-national collaborative study published that has verified the correlation between surveillance intensity and reported disease incidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e348-e355
Number of pages8
JournalCommunicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

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