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’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 Press, BBC News, the Telegraph and 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.”

 

Please keep in mind this is a human health issue. General inquiries can be directed to BSEInfo.org, and media request should be sent to Meghan Pusey in the Denver office.

 

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