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Eurosurveillance, Volume 10, Issue 25, 23 June 2005

Citation style for this article: Direcção de Serviços de Informação e Análise, Direcção-Geral da Saúde. First probable case of vCJD reported in Portugal. Euro Surveill. 2005;10(25):pii=2732. Available online:

First probable case of vCJD reported in Portugal

Direcção de Serviços de Informação e Análise, Direcção-Geral da Saúde, Lisboa, Portugal

The Portuguese Direcção-Geral da Saúde (Directorate-Genearl for Health) was recently informed of the first probable case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in Portugal, with laboratory evidence (tonsil biopsy) [1]. The patient is 12 year old boy currently living with his parents and receiving specialist medical care. The case meets the European and Allied Countries Collaborative Study Group of CJD’s (EUROCJD) definition of probable vCJD ( and has been confirmed by the United Kingdom’s National CJD Surveillance Unit. The patient does not have a history of travel to the United Kingdom.

  1. Direcção-Geral da Saúde. Variante da Doença de Creutzfeldt-Jakob - Comunicado. Press release, 9 June 2005. (

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