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Government confirms second case of vCJD transmitted by blood transfusion

BMJ 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
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    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 …

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