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July 21, 2005

100 blood donors may have vCJD (Human Form Of Mad Cow Disease)

Topics: Health Issues

MORE than 100 blood donors are being warned they could have the human form of mad cow disease, the government said yesterday. The concern that some blood donors may be carrying the disease arose after three recipients went on to develop variant CJD (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease). Currently, there is no reliable test to screen blood for vCJD, which makes it impossible to tell if someone without symptoms is carrying the agent.

Posted by Hyscience at July 21, 2005 4:42 PM

The American Red Cross--who of course manages the US general blood bank--has banned as donors anyone who'se lived in the UK during the 90s. That ended up booting my entire family off the rolls. And that has an unfortunate blow-back effect on the cost of getting blood if needed during surgery.

It makes sense, I support it, but it still bites.

Posted by: John at July 22, 2005 9:24 AM

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