As We Said - Prion Disease IS
Being Spread Via Blood!

From Patricia Doyle

15 Patients Given Prion Death Sentence Via Blood Donor
From Patricia Doyle,
Hello, Jeff - Finally, the medical community admits that nvCJD (the human form of mad cow/BSE) is transmitted to patients via blood donor.
I am sure that they hated to admit to blood donor transmission of nvCJD. The evidence is so overwhelming that they had to begin to present it.
Jeff, you and I have been claiming that prion disease spreads via blood for many years now. The next step is to ask the 64 million dollar question: Is Chronic Wasting Disease spread via blood and what are the implications when infected deer, elk, and moose are shot and bleed into the environment? (And since prions have no trouble being cooked, grilled, roasted, sauteed, fried, BBQ'd, or turned into jerky...humans can be infected by eating the meat of any CWD deer, elk and moose, etc. -JR)
Patricia Doyle
nvCJD Spread Through Blood Transmission - UK
A ProMED-mail post
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nvCJD Suspected To Have Been Contract By Blood Donation
BBC News Online
UK: variant CJD suspected to have been contracted by blood donation
Health secretary John Reid said that a man who received donor blood during an operation in 1997 developed variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease [abbreviated as CJD (new var.) or vCJD in ProMED-mail] and died 6 years later. The blood was taken long before the donor was diagnosed with the brain-wasting disease.
Measures already exist which attempt to cut the risk of CJD transmission during blood transfusions. So far, 143 cases of vCJD have been diagnosed in the UK, although the numbers of new cases are falling. So far there is no established treatment for the illness, which causes massive brain damage and normally kills within months of being detected.
Other people have received blood from donors who went on to develop vCJD -- 15 in total. All have been contacted and offered counselling. However, none of these people has so far gone on to develop the disease, although it may have a long incubation period.
The risks of receiving blood carrying the "rogue" prions that cause vCJD are largely unknown, although previously thought to be tiny, as no confirmed cases could be identified. In this case, the donor involved gave blood in 1997, and fell ill with [variant] CJD in 1999, dying shortly afterwards. The disease did not develop in the recipient until this year, and the patient died earlier this month. Postmortem results appear to confirm vCJD.
Mr Reid, in a statement to the House of Commons, said: "This is possibly not a proven causal connection -- it's also possible that both individuals acquired [variant] CJD separately. This is a single incident, so it is impossible to be sure which was the route of the infection. However, the possibility of this being transfusion-related cannot be discounted. That is the conclusion of the chief medical officer and experts. It is because this is the first report from anywhere in the world of the possible transmission of vCJD from person to person via blood that I thought it right to come to the despatch box to inform the House on a precautionary basis."
However, he conceded that there was a chance this was the 1st recorded case of blood from an apparently healthy donor causing [variant] CJD in the recipient. One other person is thought to have received blood from the same donor.
The announcement is likely to cause concern among the tens of thousands of patients who receive blood transfusions each year. The concern is that, because of the long incubation period of vCJD in humans, other regular donors might be carrying the illness without knowing it -- or having any way of finding out. However, since this transfusion, stringent measures have been introduced in an effort to make blood taken from UK donors safer. The white cells from the blood -- thought to be more likely to harbour prions -- are routinely removed from UK donations. In addition, many blood products used in the UK are manufactured using donated blood from elsewhere in the world.
The US banned the use of UK donor blood when fears over vCJD first arose. Mr Reid has asked the government's expert committee on blood to urgently examine whether new measures are needed to ensure the safety of donated blood. He has also asked the National Blood Service to enter discussions with the medical royal colleges and NHS hospitals to ensure blood products are only used when they are only absolutely necessary.
-- ProMED-mail <>
[This is unwelcome news. Further information is awaited concerning the nature of the tests carried out to establish the vCJD diagnosis. - Mod.CP]
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