WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Two patients who underwent surgery at the Veterans Affairs hospital in West Haven may have been exposed to a fatal brain disease.
A spokeswoman for the hospital says it was notified on Aug. 29 that leased surgical equipment from New Hampshire had been used on a patient who was later diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Spokeswoman Pamela Redmond says both Connecticut patients have been notified.
The disease is characterized by rapidly progressive dementia which can cause death within months after symptoms first appearing. It has no treatment or cure.
Authorities have said eight patients in New Hampshire and five in Massachusetts may also have been exposed to the disease.
Connecticut Health Department spokesman William Gerrish says no other hospitals in the state are known to have received the potentially contaminated equipment.
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