Antenatal screening is importantBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7032.706b (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:706
- J N Weber,
- G P Taylor
- Professor of communicable diseases Scientific secretary, HTLV European Research Network St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London W2 1NY
EDITOR,—In their editorial A Pagliuca and colleagues revive the debate on whether British blood donors should be screened for human T cell leukaemia/lymphoma virus type I (HTLV-I).1 Five European Union countries with rates of HTLV infection among blood donors similar to that in Britain now screen blood donors routinely, and Portugal will start to do so this year, so we agree that Britain will need to follow suit.
Antenatal screening may, however, be an even more urgent …