Mad Cow Fears Fuel
Move To Ban Blood Donors
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 in people.
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.