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US considers ban on British blood

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7198.1574b (Published 12 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1574
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    A United States federal advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration has recommended barring people who visited Britain frequently or for long stays between 1980 and 1996 from donating blood because of the possible risk of transmitting the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

    The administration is not bound by the advisory panel's recommendations but generally follows them. New variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease has never been transmitted …

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