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CJD RISK PATIENTS BANNED AS DONORS.

MORE than 100 people in Scotland are to be told they are at 'high risk' of CJD from blood plasma products.

But doctors said yesterday the patients should not panic.

The patients affected will be banned from donating blood or organs because they have received possibly contaminated blood products.

Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm said: 'It is thought that around 120 people in Scotland will fall into the high-risk category. The threshold for this is set at one per cent chance of being infected by contaminated plasma product.

But this is not the same as a one per cent risk of that person becoming ill with vCJD, and the chances of that happening are almost certainly much lower.'

Those affected will only need to take precautions if they have surgery.

All haemophiliacs will be classed as high risk because of the blood products they use Chisholm said: ' If individual haemophiliacs would like an assessment of their own personal risk, then they should speak to their own doctor.'

Across the UK,more than 6000 people have received the warning.
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