Blood recipients banned from donating

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9 December 2004, AMSTERDAM — People who received a blood transfusion after 1980 will be banned in future from donating blood in the Netherlands in a move designed to prevent the spread of the brain-wasting disease CJD.

9 December 2004

AMSTERDAM — People who received a blood transfusion after 1980 will be banned in future from donating blood in the Netherlands in a move designed to prevent the spread of the brain-wasting disease CJD.

Dutch Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst agreed to the new regulation following evidence that two people who received blood transfusions in the UK died years later of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).

CJD is the human variant of BSE, commonly known as Mad Cow Disease, which affects cattle. There is no test to identify the presence of CJD in donor blood.

Hoogervorst has ordered that people who received a transfusion after 1 January 1980 will not be allowed to give blood from 1 February 2005.

The Health Ministry expects the new regulation will block 40,000 of the Netherlands' 500,000 blood donors from giving blood. The blood donor service, Sanquin Bloedvoorzeining, will be compensated to allow it to attract new donors.

"A shortfall in blood donations is not expected," Hoogervorst said.

The minister blocked an earlier request to introduce the ban on 16 June 2004. He said on Wednesday that he had decided to back the ban now because the risk of contamination by CJD was greater than previous believed, he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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