- OTTAWA - Fears of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease has the Canadian Blood
Services considering banning blood donors who've travelled to Britain.
- The blood agency is setting up an ad
hoc advisory committee to look into deferring such donors whom agency officials
fear may have been exposed to a new varient of Creutzfeldt-Jakob -- the
so-called mad cow disease.
- British beef has come under international
scrutiny due to several cases of mad cow disease. It's thought that meat
from diseased cattle could lead to the development of Creutzfeldt-Jakob
- If Canadian Blood Services decides on
the strictest limits -- banning donations from anyone who has visited the
U.K. since 1980 -- it would result in a massive and costly deferral of
donors and force Canada to import blood.