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May 2, 2006

Britain Warns 14 Countries of vCJD Danger

According to an AP release in Findlaw, the British Health Protection Agency confirmed on Tuesday that Britain has warned 14 countries that recipients of British blood products exported in the 1990s may be at risk of developing the human form of mad cow disease.  The Guardian newspaper obtained documents through the Freedom of Information Act revealing which countries received the approximately 170 batches of blood products that were exported by the Bio Products Laboratory between 1990 and 1997.   The countries are Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, France, India, Israel, Jordan, the Netherlands, Oman, Singapore, Belgium, Morocco, Egypt, Brazil and Turkey, according to the Health Protection Agency.  Brazil and Turkey are more at risk because of the specific types of products they received.  The disclosure followed revelations that nine British donors who had completed 23 donations to the general pool all died from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or vCJD.  By Suevon Lee, AP.


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