National Blood Strategy Implementation Group Report


In February 2001 the Board of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service proposed a policy in regard to vCJD in relation to the Irish blood supply. The Board (I.B.T.S.) proposed that donors who had resided in the U.K. for a period of 5 years or more in the years between 1980 and 1996 should be deferred from donating blood. A further deferral of all donors who had spent 1 year or more in the U.K. in those years was being considered. It was estimated that this would result in loss of 12% or more of donors and an accumulative risk exposure reduction of 85%.

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