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+Willie G., Ryegate, VT

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>Subject: Fwd: Beef Issue FYI: U.K. confirms first case of vCJD 
>associated with blood p...
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>Sent: 2/17/2009 6:50:31 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
>Subj: Beef Issue FYI: U.K. confirms first case of vCJD associated 
>with blood plasma
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>U.K. confirms first case of vCJD associated with blood plasma
>February 17, 2009
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>The U.K.'s Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed today that 
>abnormal prion protein associated with variant CJD was found 
>postmortem in the spleen of a person with hemophilia. According to 
><http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1234859690542?p=1231252394302>HPA's 
>press release, the patient, who was more than 70 years old, died of 
>a condition unrelated to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) 
>and had shown no symptoms of vCJD or any other neurological 
>condition prior to his death. Experts say the patient may have 
>received plasma contaminated with the abnormal protein prion when he 
>was treated with a blood-clotting protein from a donor in 1996 who 
>subsequently developed vCJD. This is the first known case of a 
>patient contracting the abnormal prion through plasma transfusion. 
>The vCJD abnormal prion protein was only identified during 
>postmortem research tests. It is important to remember that no cases 
>of vCJD have been connected to beef consumed in the United States.
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>Media reporting on the case include the 
><http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ih9wg7fLjx1_nvHN6-6myCxewlxQD96DAL8O0>Associated 
>Press, <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7894156.stm>BBC News, the 
><http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/4680483/Thousands-at-risk-of-human-form-of-mad-cow-disease-after-haemophiliacs-death.html>Telegraph 
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><http://www.forbes.com/feeds/hscout/2009/02/17/hscout624210.html>Forbes. 
>Mike Catchpole, director of HPA's Center for Infections was quoted 
>in the Associated Press article as saying, "This finding does not 
>change our understanding of the risk from vCJD for other people in 
>any specific way. But it does reinforce the importance of the 
>precautionary measures that have been taken over the years."
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>Please keep in mind this is a human health issue. General inquiries 
>can be directed to <http://www.bseinfo.org/default.aspx>BSEInfo.org, 
>and media request should be sent to Meghan Pusey in the Denver office.
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