Mississippi State Department of Health

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Prion Diseases)


Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of rare progressive neurodegenerative diseases that occur in both humans and animals. The cause of TSEs is believed to be prions, or pathogenic agents that are transmissible and which induce abnormal folding of specific normal cellular proteins (called prion proteins) found in the brain. The abnormal folding induced by the prions leads to brain damage and characteristic symptoms of the disease.


Human TSEs (Prion Diseases)

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Animal TSEs (Prion Diseases)

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Links referenced on this page
Prion disease information from the CDC    http://www.cdc.gov/prions/
Creutzfeld-Jakob Foundation, Inc.    http://cjdfoundation.org/
local health office,    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html ok

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