publication . Article . 2008

Prion diseases are efficiently transmitted by blood transfusion in sheep

Fiona Houston; Sandra McCutcheon; Wilfred Goldmann; Angela Chong; James Foster; Silvia Sisó; Lorenzo González; Martin Jeffrey; Nora Hunter;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2008
  • Country: India
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>The emergence of variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease, following on from the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic, led to concerns about the potential risk of iatrogenic transmission of disease by blood transfusion and the introduction of costly control measures to protect blood supplies. We previously reported preliminary data demonstrating the transmission of BSE and natural scrapie by blood transfusion in sheep. The final results of this experiment, reported here, give unexpectedly high transmission rates by transfusion of 36% for BSE and 43% for scrapie. A proportion of BSE-infected tranfusion recipients (3 of...
Medical Subject Headings: animal diseasesnervous system diseases
free text keywords: QL, Immunology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Hematology, Disease, Infectivity, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, medicine.disease, medicine, Virology, Transmission (mechanics), law.invention, law, Scrapie, Titer, business.industry, business, Incubation period, Blood transfusion, medicine.medical_treatment
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