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MEDICAL/SCIENCE NEWS UPDATE By Michele Grygotis Transplant News Special Correspondent CJD-related donor ban may lead to critical blood shortage in Australia.

A ban on blood donors who may have been exposed to the pathogen responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is expected to result in a critical blood shortage in Australia in December, when the new law is enforced. The Red Cross has launched a campaign to encourage people to continue donating until the deadline. After that time, the campaign will switch to encouraging non-banned donors to increase their donation rate. Surgeons are being advised to promote autologous transfusion before elective surgery and to consider the use of substitute blood products in certain surgical procedures.
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Date:Oct 6, 2000
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