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Medical News & Perspectives
April 4, 2001

Blood Groups Differ on Donor Deferral

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JAMA. 2001;285(13):1694-1695. doi:10.1001/jama.285.13.1694-JMN0404-2-1

A difference of opinion over criteria for accepting blood donations has arisen between the American Red Cross and America's Blood Centers (ABC).

At issue is the degree of restriction to be placed on US blood donors who have lived in Europe, in light of the increasing emergence there of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)—the disease believed to be associated with new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans. The prion-caused disease, transmitted through the meat of infected cattle, is responsible so far for 94 deaths, mostly in the United Kingdom.

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