As of September 2006, there is no cure for CJD, a fatal disease, and the search for viable treatments continues

  1. An experimental treatment was given to a Northern Irish teenager, Jonathan Simms in January 2003. The drug, called pentosan polysulphate (PPS) and commonly used to treat cystitis, was infused into the patient's lateral ventricle within the brain. Simms has remained stable since the treatment. The drug may slow or halt the progress of the disease but does not improve the patient's health and is not widely available.