Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)

Testing Indications

CJD testing is not available at Public Health Ontario Laboratory. 

Contact the Prion Diseases Section at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg at 204-789-6078; FAX: 204-789-5009

For Collection & Handling Information see the Public Health Agency of Canada-National Microbiology Laboratory web site.

If you have a patient suspected of having CJD contact Public Health Ontario Laboratory Customer Service at 1-877-604-4567 prior to sending CSF samples for other testing (TB, Virus, Syphilis) to the laboratory

CSF from patients with suspected Creutzfeldt –Jakob Disease (CJD) must be:

  • Collected in leak proof, puncture resistant primary container, and placed in a biohazard bag 
  • Packaged using the triple packaging system for transport to the appropriate laboratory section
  • Labeled as “CJD” for laboratory processing, decontamination and disposal.
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Updated 20 July 2020