Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a very fatal brain disease. Exposure to victims who died of the disease can also be very risky.
This high risk is what is causing many funeral homes to refuse victims who died of the disease. These refusals are made even though it has been said that proper handling of the bodies will make it safe.
According to JoNel Aleccia of NBC News, “Across the country, funeral homes and crematoriums are routinely refusing to accept the bodies of CJD patients out of fear of infection, despite health guidelines that say that with standard precautions embalming and burial is perfectly safe.”
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