Blood scare

2019-03-07 13:13:01

The decision of Canada and the US to ban blood donations from people who spent more than 6 months in Britain in the 1980s will hit blood stocks hard. Both countries imposed the ban to cut the chance of new-variant CJD being transmitted via blood donated by people developing the disease as a result of eating BSE-infected meat. The Canadian health ministry claims the move will reduce any possible chance of infection being passed on through the blood supply by 80 to 90 per cent. A spokesman for Canadian Blood Services told New Scientist that making up for the 3 per cent drop in donations “will pose a challenge”.