18 patients may have incurable disease

This tissue slide shows sponge-like lesions in the brain tissue of a classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease patient. This lesion is typical of many prion diseases. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease strikes fewer than 400 people a year in the United States, according to the CDC. Victims show signs of memory loss and cognitive difficulty early on; the ailment is "rapidly progressive and always fatal, " the CDC says.
This tissue slide shows sponge-like lesions in the brain tissue of a classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease patient. This lesion is typical of many prion diseases. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease strikes fewer than 400 people a year in the United States, according to the CDC. Victims show signs of memory loss and cognitive difficulty early on; the ailment is "rapidly progressive and always fatal, " the CDC says.

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Officials in North Carolina say 18 patients might have been exposed to an incurable neurological disorder.