Potential Transmission of vCJD (BBC News / House of Commons Science and Technology Committee / SaBTO)

Summary

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has asserted that the government has a too casual approach to the human form of mad cow disease. Roughly one in 2,000 people in the UK could be a carrier of vCJD.

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Reference

‘Casual attitude’ to vCJD warning. London: BBC Health News, July 24th 2014.

This relates to:

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Reference

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (2014). After the storm? UK blood safety and the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Second Report of Session 2014–15. Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report. Ordered by the House of Commons. London: The Stationery Office Limited (House of Commons Science and Technology Committee), July 24th 2014. HC 327 [incorporating HC 990, Session 2013-14].

Possibly also of interest, the “Safety of blood, tissues and organs annual report 2013 to 2014” report explains the work of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) between 2013 and 2014:

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SaBTO Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs: Annual Report 2012/13. London: Department of Health, August 11th 2014.

PCWG Report on Risk Reduction Measures for Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO)’ Paediatric Components Working Group (PCWG) report considered the evidence in support of updating current vCJD risk reduction measures.

“SaBTO recommends that the current risk reduction measures of the provision of imported plasma and apheresis platelets for individuals born on or after 1st January 1996 or with TTP be withdrawn. Other risk reduction measures for vCJD should remain in place”.

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Reference

Importation of plasma and use of apheresis platelets as risk reduction measures for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Department of Health / Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO)’ Paediatric Components Working Group (PCWG), March 2019.

Variant of Human Prion Protein Prevents Prion Disease (CJD)?

A gene which might make people resistant to CJD has been identified:

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Reference

Ghosh, P. (2015). Scientists find CJD resistance gene. London: BBC Health News, June 10th 2015.

This research is covered in more detail elsewhere.

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