New variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and the blood supply: is it time to face the music?

Hoey, John; Giulivi, Antonio; Todkill, Anne Marie; Hoey, J; Giulivi, A; Todkill, A M
September 1998
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;09/22/98, Vol. 159 Issue 6, p669
Academic Journal
Editorial. Considers the testing of the Canadian blood supply for the new variant of Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (nvCJD). Changes in blood testing practices for nvCJD in Great Britain; Risks of transmitting the disease; Inability to detect the disease in asymptomatic people; Why British authorities are justifiably concerned; Infectivity and prevalence of the disease; How the British situation relates to Canada; Recommendations.


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