Warning CJD Prion
Diseases In Blood Supply

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Hello, Jeff - Remember when we were told by the "experts" that the risk of contracting mad anything disease was minimal? Simply don't eat brain meat from older cattle and all is well with the food supply.
Well, ever-so-quietly, our government has now admitted that there is a risk of infection via saliva, feces, and urine... and that even transportation of infected animals long distances could spread the disease. And now, from Scotland, comes a warning that there is a clear risk of spreading mad brain disease via blood and blood transfusions as well. Hardly a surprise. I next expect to hear that there is also risk via sexual transmission. I think that "infective" or "programmed" prions have permeated our food supply as well as blood supply and hospital and entire dental system.
Time to really start to worry.
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Concerns Prompt Warning On Transfusions
By Tom Curtis
Scotland on Sunday (newspaper)
Blood transfusion patients should ask whether the procedure is "absolutely necessary" because of the unknown risk of contracting (CJD) variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Scotland's transfusion chief has warned. Professor Ian Franklin said although there was no current evidence that blood products can transmit the infectious agent which causes the human equivalent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), it remained a possibility. He said that meant attitudes to transfusions which could be avoided needed to change.
Professor Franklin, Medical Director of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, was speaking following a row over hemophiliacs who were not told for 2 years that they might have been exposed to blood products from a donor who later developed vCJD. He said: "I don't want to mistakenly give the impression of being completely reassuring here. We prefer to use the term unknown or uncertain risk (of becoming infected via blood transmission -ed). There may well be a risk.
"That shouldn't make people worried about a transfusion if it's going to save their life or maintain their quality of life, but they should consult with their doctors whether a transfusion is absolutely necessary. We would support that." He said examples where it might be better to avoid a transfusion, as a precaution, included patients who were slightly anemic following hospital treatment. He added: "If you look at the history of blood transfusion it will tell you it's not a zero-risk product."
Professor James Ironside, of the CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh, said Franklin's advice was "reasonable".


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