(CHARLOTTE.CBSLOCAL) — Eleven patients who had brain surgery at a Greenville hospital are being warned they might have been exposed to a rare, fatal brain disease.
A patient who had surgery in February at the Greenville Hospital System was later diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, potentially exposing the 11 people who had surgery afterward, the hospital said Tuesday.
Workers sterilized the instruments after every surgery, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends additional cleaning if Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease is suspected. The disease can only be verified through an autopsy or brain biopsy.
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