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Government pledges to assess risk of vCJD transmission

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 20 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6350
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

The UK government has promised to ascertain whether new guidance is needed on decontaminating surgical instruments to help protect patients from infection with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

The pledge1 was made in response to a report by the cross parliamentary Science and Technology Committee on blood safety and the risk of vCJD, published in July.2 In that report MPs criticised the government for its “casual attitude” to transmission of the disease …

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