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FDA bans blood donation by people who have lived in UK

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:535
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has imposed a ban on blood donations from anyone who has spent more than six months in Britain from 1980 to 1997 because of the possible risk of transmitting the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD)

    The exclusion dates coincide with the time when exposure to CJD was considered to be at its peak in the …

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