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We also know that vCJD arises spontaneously in humans (1 in 5,000,000, I
think) and is transmissible to healthy people who eat the brains of people
who have died of vCJD.  (It was a custom somewhere in the Pacific).   I
wonder if they screen blood for this sort of thing, or if it is so uncommon
that it's not worth screening.  

 

Ann Tiplady 

 

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U.K. confirms first case of vCJD associated with blood plasma

February 17, 2009

 

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 HPA
<http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1234859690542?p=1
231252394302> '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. 

 

Media reporting on the case include the Associated
<http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ih9wg7fLjx1_nvHN6-6myCxew
lxQD96DAL8O0>  Press, BBC News
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7894156.stm> , the Telegraph
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/4680483/Thousands-at-risk-of-h
uman-form-of-mad-cow-disease-after-haemophiliacs-death.html>  and Forbes
<http://www.forbes.com/feeds/hscout/2009/02/17/hscout624210.html> . 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."

 

Please keep in mind this is a human health issue. General inquiries can be
directed to BSEInfo.org <http://www.bseinfo.org/default.aspx> , and media
request should be sent to Meghan Pusey in the Denver office.

 

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