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Blood products transmit prions between humans

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7581.1266 (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1266

It is likely that the prion responsible for spongiform encephalopathy in cows and for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans can be transmitted efficiently by blood transfusion, say researchers from the UK. In a cohort of 66 patients given blood products …

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