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Lawyers for Tracy Price, a Henry County school teacher, filed a lawsuit against Emory University Hospital for exposing her to the human form of mad cow disease. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or CJD as it is more commonly known, is a degenerative brain disease that causes dementia, muscle problems and eventually death. According to research, most patients who begin to show symptoms of CJD die within the same year.

According to the AJC.com:

Price and her husband, Robert, who live in McDonough, sued the hospital in state court in DeKalb County on Wednesday, alleging it may have exposed her to sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) when she underwent neck surgery on Sept. 20, 2004. The suit alleges Emory failed to quarantine or adequately sterilize surgical instruments after learning five days before Price’s surgery that preliminary test results on another patient indicated that patient had CJD. The earlier patient had undergone brain surgery for neurological symptoms she experienced. The CJD diagnosis was later confirmed.

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