There's no definitive test to tell you that this is CJD.
Generally, 85 percent of the tests come back as the sporadic, or naturally occurring form, 14 percent come back as the familial form that is passed down through generations and less than 1 percent come back as the variant form. There's never been a variant case acquired in the United States.
There are a lot of different diseases that look like CJD and it is so rare many doctors may never even see it in their years of practice. We don't have a lot of experience with it, so we're asking the CDC to review the cases where autopsies were not done to give us an expert opinion on whether they were likely CJD cases.
Test results showed it was not the variant form of CJD.
A lot of times they have a close relationship with an aunt or uncle or grandparent. We place the children with family members whenever possible.
If a parent was arrested for child endangerment or abuse the police would be calling us.
We want to reunite a child with the parent because kids can't sit in foster care forever.
When you look at the increasing numbers of foster-care kids, it's easy to see the increased pressure on foster parents.
Everyone should try to prepare. They'll need extra food, water and medical supplies for people who will be sick with the flu.