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Medtronic traces surgical kit possibly contaminated with fatal brain disease

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 12:02pm
Mass Device

Medtronic confirms that a surgical kit suspected of exposing several patients to a rare and deadly brain disease may have been contaminated at Catholic Medical Center in New Hampshire before being used with patients at Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts.

UPDATE: Medtronic confirms sequence of contamination in deadly brain disease infection warning

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) is working with New England hospitals and government health officials to track the movement of surgical medical equipment involved in several cases of possible patient exposure to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare and fatal relative to the more commonly known "mad cow" disease.

This morning a spokesperson confirmed that Medtronic tools were involved in 7 out of the suspected 13 total cases of patient exposure to the deadly brain disease.

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