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HTLV-I is lower in blood donors in West Midlands than South Thames

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:380
  1. John Kurtz, consultant virologist,
  2. Neil Smith, consultant haematologist (,
  3. Steve Harbour, medical laboratory scientific officer
  1. National Blood Service, Birmingham B15 2SG
  2. Central Public Health Laboratory, London NW9 5HT

    EDITOR—Tosswill et al have estimated that 22 500 people of Afro-Caribbean origin living in England and Wales are infected with the human T cell leukaemia virus type I (HTLV-I).1 HTLV-I has been transmitted by blood transfusion,2 although it is not included in the routine screening of blood donations in Britain.

    To determine the prevalence of HTLV-I among blood donors (an important factor when the cost benefit of introducing …

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