Government confirms second case of vCJD transmitted by blood transfusionBMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7460.251-a (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:251
- Stephen Pincock
A second case in the United Kingdom of variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (vCJD) that may have been transmitted through a blood transfusion has been been confirmed by the National CJD Surveillance Unit, the Department of Health has said.
The case involved a patient who had a blood transfusion in 1999 from a donor who later went on to develop vCJD. The patient died of causes unrelated to vCJD, but a post mortem examination showed the presence of disease causing prion proteins in the patient's spleen.
“After the …