Evidence of infection with the agent causing vCJD in man with haemophilia

The World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) reported on 16 Feb that health authorities in the United Kingdom have announced that a man with hemophilia was found at post mortem examination to have evidence of infection with the agent causing variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). The man died of unrelated causes and never showed symptoms of vCJD. As part of an ongoing study, the patient's spleen was biopsied after his death and evidence of the infectious agent, abnormal prion proteins, was detected. This is the first time that a person with hemophilia has been found to have any evidence of vCJD infection.

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UK Health Protection Agency

United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors' Organisation

Haemophilia Foundation Australia

UK Haemophilia Society