UPDATE: Medtronic traces surgical kit possibly contaminated with fatal brain disease

September 6, 2013 by Sony Salzman

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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"Medtronic was recently notified by Catholic Medical Center in New Hampshire that our surgical instruments had been used on a patient who may have had sporadic CJD at the time of surgery," according to a company statement. "Upon notification that our instruments had been used in this case, we followed procedures to quickly track that specific set of instruments and have confirmed they were used in 7 additional cases."