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Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease

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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare degenerative disease that affects brain tissue in humans. When people first start to show symptoms they usually present with confusion or disorientation and problems with walking. While death can occur up to two years after a person shows the first symptoms, most people die within six months. There is no treatment or cure.

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Australian National CJD Registry

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Last updated: 5 June 2023

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