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Blood supplies to be treated to reduce CJD risk

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7153.232a (Published 25 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:232
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Donated blood supplies in Britain are to be treated to reduce the risk of patients being infected with new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) because of a theoretical risk that it could be transmitted via the white blood cells.

    The Department of Health is acting on the advice of its scientific advisers on the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC). As a precautionary measure, blood will go through a process of leucodepletion, which removes up to 95% of white blood cells. The process, which will cost £70m ($110m) …

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