§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons diagnosed as suffering from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease have previously been blood donors.
§ Mr. Sackville
Of 156 cases reported to the national Creutzfeldt Jakob disease surveillance centre unit since 1 May 1990, 22 are believed to have given blood at some stage in their lives. There is no epidemiological evidence of any risk of transmission of Creutzfeldt Jakob disease through blood or blood products. However, individuals with central nervous system diseases or risk factors for Creutzfeldt Jakob disease are now excluded from blood donation.