GPs can help with CJD diagnoses

Professor Steven Collins

Director, Australian National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Registry

Their biological uniqueness and transmissibility underscore why this generally rare group of neurodegenerative diseases is often the subject of attention. 

Prion diseases affect both humans and animals. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is the most common human form (1—2 per million/year), while scrapie of sheep and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (‘mad cow’ disease) are endemic in many countries.