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(AP) Eight patients who may have been exposed to an always-fatal brain disease at New Hampshire's Catholic Medical Center are getting personal attention from the hospital's president, who says they aren't panicking over what they've been told.

Dr. Joseph Pepe called the patients Thursday, a day after health officials announced that they may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob (KROYTS'-feld YAH'-kuhb) Disease. Officials believe it caused the death of a patient who had brain surgery in May and say there's a remote chance it was transmitted to others who had surgery later because it can survive standard sterilization practices.

Pepe says one patient he spoke to said he had other things to worry about and another was more concerned about the hospital being harmed by publicity over the incident.

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