Leaders in science, public policy and public health will discuss the "hidden" nature of TSEs, specifically "mad cow" disease and vCJD, its human form, at an Evening Symposium at the annual AABB blood conference in Baltimore on Monday, October 25. (The Symposium is particularly timely in light of news from France that the blood of a frequent donor, identified as the country's eighth victim of vCJD, was used for transfusions to 10 people and in the manufacture of medicines.)
David M. Asher, MD. Supervisory Medical Officer, Division of Emerging and Transfusion-Transmitted Diseases, Office of Blood Research and Review, US Food and Drug Administration: Current status of TSEs in the US, update on surveillance and precautionary measures.
Roger Eglin, PhD. Head of National Transfusion Microbiology Laboratories, National Blood Service, England: Potential for a second wave of vCJD, its asymptomatic nature and long incubation, impact of do
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