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Hospital error may put patients at risk of incurable disease
Los Angeles Times

Eighteen neurosurgery patients in North Carolina may have been exposed to an incurable brain disorder because instruments were not properly sterilized after an operation on someone who already had the disease. Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem apologized this week, but said the risk was “very low.” In a statement, the hospital said that “extra precautions should have been taken” because there were reasons to suspect that the original patient had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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