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Ireland fears blood shortage with new ban on donors

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:469
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will discuss at its next meeting whether it can go ahead with plans to ban blood donations—from this month—from anyone who spent a year in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996.

    In March this year, in response to concerns about the dangers of patients contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) from donated blood, the service banned donations from anyone who had spent five years in Britain, which led to a drop of 20% in blood supplies and growing concern …

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