HTLV-I is lower in blood donors in West Midlands than South ThamesBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7257.380 (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:380
- John Kurtz, consultant virologist,
- Neil Smith, consultant haematologist (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- Steve Harbour, medical laboratory scientific officer
- National Blood Service, Birmingham B15 2SG
- 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 …