Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)

by Shannon Koh

1) The common and scientific name of the disease.

commonly mistaken for Mad cow disease
scientific name :Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
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2) What causes it?

Scientists have not been able to determine the cause, though they think it may have to do with prions

3) What are the symptoms? How long do they it last? Is it deadly?

the main symptom caused by the disease is "rapidly progressive dementia." This leads to problems with balance and coordination, impaired memory, judgement and thinking.
The disease lasts till death and is deadly to the victim.

4) Can it be cured? If so, how? If not, is there any way that we can at least treat it?

it is incurable and there is no effective treatment for it. If CJD is suspected, the doctor will test for treatable forms of dementia and other causes of the symptom.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Fact Sheet: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). (n.d.).National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
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Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.).Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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