What is the prevalence of prion-mediated infection transmitted by transfusion?

Updated: Apr 16, 2019
  • Author: Linda L Maerz, MD, FACS, FCCM; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The first two cases of transfusion-transmitted variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease were described in 2004. Since prions are associated with a 6- to 7-year latency period, recognition of increased prevalence in donor pools may be delayed. [40, 41]


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