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close this bookFact sheet No 180: Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) - Revised December 2000 (WHO, 2000, 4 p.)
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Other Human TSEs

Other human TSEs include kuru in Papua New Guinea, which is believed to be transmitted in the course of funerary rituals involving brains of corpses; Gerstmann-Strsler-Schenker (G.S.S.) syndrome (occurring in persons with an apparent hereditary predisposition) and fatal familial and sporadic insomnia. CJD is the most common of all the human TSEs and is the disease most commonly mistaken for vCJD.