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From: TSS (216-119-132-51.ipset12.wt.net)
Subject: Mad-cow fears France tracing 10 people received a blood transfusion from a person now diagnosed with vCJD
Date: October 21, 2004 at 1:03 pm PST

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Subject: Mad-cow fears in France tracing 10 people who had received a blood transfusion from a person now diagnosed with the fatal, human form of mad-cow disease.
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 15:09:59 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Mad-cow fears in France
21/10/2004 21:15 - (SA)

Paris - France said on Thursday it was tracing 10 people who had
received a blood transfusion from a person now diagnosed with the fatal,
human form of mad-cow disease.

The individual is the eighth French person to be diagnosed with variant
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the health ministry said in a press
release.

A ministry spokesperson said the patient was "a young person who is
still alive." The person's name, age and gender have been withheld.

The individual gave blood "several times between 1993 and 2003," the
press statement said.

Ten people received transfusions of red blood cells from the individual
"and will be told by their doctor as to the nature of the risk and the
precautions to take," it added.

Plasma from the donations was also used by a French company, LFB, to
make drugs based on blood derivatives, the statement said.

LFB has withdrawn all unused stocks of medications made with this plasma
and has told pharmacies and clinics to take any remaining items made
from suspect batches off their shelves, it said.

The ministry said the case of two people in Britain with vCJD pointed to
an "increased risk" of contracting the disease through blood
transfusion, although the risk of infection through blood derivatives
remained unclear, pending the outcome of research.

vCJD is a human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in which
a rogue prion protein proliferates in the brain, turning it spongey.

The disease is believed to have leapt the species barrier to humans who
ate beef from infected cattle.

The epicentre of the BSE outbreak was Britain, which exported cattle and
beef products to many countries within the European Union and further
afield.

BSE came to the fore in the late 1980s but the source was only curtailed
in 1996 with the introduction of tough EU-wide laws on animal feed, the
slaughter of suspect animals and the ban on the sale of animal parts
most likely to have the prions.

So far 144 people have died of vCJD in Britain, where there are also
five suspected cases, according to figures obtained Thursday on the
official British vCJD website (www.cjd.ed.ac.uk ).

After France, with eight cases, come Canada, Ireland, Italy and the
United States, with one death each, according to official tallies.

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1608936,00.htmlTSS

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