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From: TSS ()
Subject: vCJD 'could become endemic in UK'
Date: September 24, 2007 at 9:35 am PST

Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:1171.248.128.51

Warning on vCJD blood screening

Variant CJD can be passed on in blood transfusions
An expert in the human form of "mad cow disease", variant CJD, has warned it
could become endemic in the UK unless blood screening is developed quickly.
Professor James Ironside, from the National CJD Surveillance Unit in
Edinburgh, said the disease was still a major threat, despite a drop in
deaths.

He is to warn an international conference in the city that the risk to the
blood supply continues.

There have been 161 vCJD deaths since the disease emerged in early 1990.

Speaking in a lecture ahead of Prion2007, the leading scientific conference
on CJD and similar diseases, Prof Ironside is to challenge the popular
perception that the vCJD outbreak of the 1990s was an isolated threat to
humans.

He said he hopes to clarify the risk of human-to-human transmission posed by
the thousands of people who may be infected without showing any symptoms.

Although the number of BSE and vCJD cases is dropping, we ignore these
diseases at our peril

Professor James Ironside

Prof Ironside, who has significantly advanced knowledge of the
neurodegenerative disease, said: "Although the number of BSE and vCJD cases
is dropping, we ignore these diseases at our peril.

"We know that a significant number of people could be infected with vCJD
without showing symptoms.

"However, we do not know how many people may be affected, and there is no
cure or treatment."

He added that until a rapid screening test is developed, unknowing carriers
pose a great risk of infecting others through donating blood or having
surgical operations.

Blood transfusion centres have tried to reduce the danger of disease being
passed on by removing the more risky white blood cells and banning anyone
who had already received a transfusion from donating.

The public lecture, organised by the University of Edinburgh, will be held
at 1800 BST in the Assembly Hall.

It will also include a presentation from Professor Marc Turner, a clinical
director of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7009981.stm

vCJD 'could become endemic in UK'
By Bonnie Malkin and agencies
Last Updated: 12:39pm BST 24/09/2007

The human form of mad cow disease could become so widespread it is
impossible to eradicate in the UK, a leading scientist has warned.

vCJD questions and answers
Thousands of people could be infected with variant CJD (vCJD) without
showing symptoms, Professor James Ironside, of the National CJD Surveillance
Unit at Edinburgh University, said.


Scientists 'must develop a rapid screening test for the disease'
As a result, they could undergo blood transfusions and have surgical
equipment used on them which could lead to the spread of the disease.

Prof Ironside will tell a lecture audience tomorrow that scientists must
develop a rapid screening test for the disease.

He will also challenge the perception that the vCJD outbreak in the 1990s
was an isolated threat to humans.

Prof Ironside said: "Although the number of BSE and vCJD cases is dropping,
we ignore these diseases at our peril.


"We know that a significant number of people could be infected with vCJD
without showing symptoms. However, we do not know how many people may be
affected, and there is no cure or treatment.

"Until we develop a rapid screening test, the unknowing carriers pose a
great risk of infecting others through donating blood or having surgical
operations."

Prof Ironside was a member of the team in the National CJD Surveillance Unit
in Edinburgh that identified variant CJD in 1996.

It is a rare and ultimately fatal progressive degenerative brain disease and
is linked with BSE in cattle.

More than 70 cases were diagnosed after it emerged in the mid-1990s in the
UK.

The lecture tomorrow will coincide with the start of Prion 2007, the leading
scientific conference on prion diseases, which is being held in Edinburgh
until Thursday.

The aim of the lecture is to further public understanding of vCJD and
clarify the risk of human-to-human transmission posed by the thousands of
people who may be infected without showing any symptoms.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/24/ncjd124.xml


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