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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease hits N.H., U.S. House races taking shape

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A rare brain disease has come to the forefront of news in the Granite State this week.

Hospital officials announced that they’re 95 percent sure a patient who had brain surgery in May died last month of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

However, in even bigger news, up to 13 other patients are at risk of contracting the disease because the faulty proteins that cause the disease can survive standard sterilization.

Three items were used in the May surgery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester and in the subsequent brain surgeries of eight N.H. patients later.

The equipment may also have been used on five patients in other states before health officials realized the instruments were possibly contaminated.

Health officials do say, however, that the risk to the potentially exposed patients is believed to be extremely low.

Be sure to check out the great infographic attached to the story linked to above.

In other news

∎ New Hampshire’s U.S. House races are getting a little clearer.

∎ Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman abruptly canceled his trip to New Hampshire.

∎ In an editorial board meeting with the Valley News, Jim Weinstein, president and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, said the state’s health care system is lagging behind Vermont’s.

∎ Granite State housing advocates are feeling the pinch of budget cuts.

∎ A missing woman and her four children (ranging in age from 2-12) were found by officials in Pawtuckaway State Park.

∎ According to a report, New Hampshire’s pension system is the 7th worst in the country.

∎ The state is getting a $1.4 million federal grant to improve 42 miles of rail line between Rochester and Ossipee.

∎ The Manchester police are hosting a meeting to discuss the increasing amount of burlaries.

∎ The University of New Hampshire is looking for social entrepreneurs.

∎ UNH will take on Central Michigan on Saturday in their season opener, however the Chippewas took a beating in their season opener.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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