November 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;11/1/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 9, preceding p1
Academic Journal
This article reports that Great Britain exported blood products potentially infected with the human form of mad cow disease--variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) to several countries during the 1990s, Professor Noel Gill, from Great Britain's Health Protection Agency, told a news conference in London that health ministries in these countries were being informed. News of the potentially contaminated exports was given as the British government announced it had sent letters to thousands of hemophiliacs and other patients telling them they might have been exposed to vCJD through contaminated blood products. Results of a risk assessment show that 23 plasma donations from 9 people who subsequently developed vCJD had been pooled with thousands of other donations.


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