Sep 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – United Kingdom health officials this week began telling several thousand Britons they may face a slightly increased risk of contracting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) because they received blood products from donors who later were found to have the disease.About 6,000 people who have hemophilia and other bleeding disorders and a few people with primary immunodeficiency or certain other conditions were to be informed of the situation, the UK Department of Health (UKDH) said in a Sep 21 news release.”Although any additional risk to these people is likely to be very small, it is necessary to take some simple steps to minimize any chance of passing on the infection,” the statement said. “These steps include not donating blood, tissue or organs, and ensuring that they tell their doctors and dentists if they undergo treatment in the future.”Variant CJD is the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, which spread through British cattle herds in the 1980s and 1990s. Nearly 150 people in Britain have suffered the fatal brain disease. It has been generally believed that these cases all resulted from eating beef products from diseased cattle.However, two cases of suspected bloodborne transmission of vCJD in Britain have been reported in the past year, one last December and one in July. These cases and related investigations prompted the decision to inform blood-product recipients of a possible increased risk.So far, nine British donors of blood plasma are known to have contracted vCJD, according to a report by the UKDH’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the Sep 23 issue of Eurosurveillance Weekly. Those donors made a total of 23 plasma donations, which were used in making a variety of blood products, the report says.People who received transfusions of whole blood from donors who later were found to have vCJD were contacted earlier this year and told about their possible additional risk, according to the UKDH news release. Since then, the department has traced plasma from the donors and conducted a risk assessment, which led to the decision to notify recipients of the blood products, officials said.People considered to be at risk are being contacted directly by their doctors, officials said. Health Secretary John Reid stated, “We have . . . been concerned to do everything practicable to ensure the patients directly affected are informed by the specialist doctors who care for them, so they can be given all appropriate information and support. I know this information may be difficult to absorb, which is why we are working with their doctors and other clinicians, to ensure they have the information and support they need.”The UKDH said it won’t know exactly how many people will be notified until patient records have been examined, a task that was begun Sep 9.The department said about 6,000 people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders would receive letters about the situation, but “the number who may be affected directly is estimated to be around 4,000 people.”Others to be contacted include an estimated 50 people who have primary immunodeficiency and a few people “who have been treated with large quantities of particular plasma products for a range of conditions,” such as secondary immunodeficiency,” the UKDH said.A statement on the HPA Web site says physicians will trace and assess the recipients of implicated plasma products to determine if the patients have a high enough risk of contracting vCJD to warrant public health precautions. When precautions are warranted, physicians will take steps to ensure that patients don’t donate blood, tissue, or organs and that, if the patients undergo surgery, extra infection control steps are taken.UKDH statements describe the risk to the blood product recipients as unknown but probably very low. The news release said that plasma products are made from “pools of many thousands of donations, greatly reducing any risk of vCJD being passed on.”Reid said the government’s handling of vCJD and possible bloodborne transmission has been guided by the principles of “maximum caution and maximum openness.”See also:Report in Sep 23 Eurosurveillance Weeklyhttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=2552UK Health Protection Agency report “Variant CJD and Blood Products”http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/cjd/blood_products.htm
The home at 117 Osborne Drive, BurpengaryTHIS five-bedroom home is on a private acreage block in Burpengary. The property, which is at 117 Osbourne Drive, has been well maintained and backs on to a nature reserve. Owner Lyn Patterson said the home was close to everything while still being in a quiet neighbourhood that would never be built out.“We’ve got the wildlife reserve at the back so we get the kookaburras on the property and plenty of other birds,” she said. The home has four bedrooms with built in wardrobes and there is an ensuite to the main bedroom. The home is on a private, landscaped block.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is also a study that could be used as fifth bedroom. The new kitchen has stainless steel appliances, subway tiles and white cabinetry while the dining room and living room both have tiled floors and sliding doors that open to a covered entertainment area. The airconditioned sunken lounge has near-new carpet and access to the entertainment area. The home has been repainted inside and out and the roof has been resprayed. The big kitchen has been updated.Outside, the fully fenced property has been landscaped and features a fully powered 6x9m shed, a water tank, grey water system and a garden shed.Marketing agent Raimo Lavia, of Raine & Horne North Lakes, said the home was in a sought-after acreage pocket in the Burpengary-Narangba area. It is minutes from the Bruce Highway and both the Narangba and Burpengary train stations. Local schools and several shopping centres are within a 10-minute drive of the property. Ms Patterson said she was selling to downsize but would miss having so much space. “I’ll also miss the neighbours because everyone is so friendly,” she said.
Defending champion, Real Madrid cruised into the Champions League quarterfinals with Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half goal helping them to a 2-1 victory at Paris St Germain yesterday as the 12-time European champions went through 5-2 on aggregate.Ronaldo headed home seven minutes into the second half and Casemiro added a second 10 minutes from time against a toothless PSG, who were without their injured talisman Neymar and had Marco Verratti sent off for a second booking in the 66th minute.Ronaldo scored for the ninth Champions League game in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record in the competition, before PSG striker Edinson Cavani equalised with 19 minutes left, only for Casemiro to give Real victory at the Parc des Princes. In the other match of the night, Liverpool played out a goalless scoreline against FC Porto at Anfield but qualify 5-0 from the first leg resultZinedine Zidane’s side, who are 15 points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona in La Liga, were solid throughout as the home side rarely threatened and fully deserved their win.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – President of the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) Donna Raynor says next month’s Carifta Games, which are set to attract more than 600 athletes from 27 Caribbean countries, should not be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading across the globe.The virus has reached non-English speaking Caribbean countries, with a few cases in the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, slated for July 24 to August 9, are under threat due to the spread of COVID-19 globally.But as Bermuda prepares to host the 49th Carifta Games – the fifth time the island will be the location for the event – Raynor said she did not expect the COVID-19 situation would disrupt the staging.“As of now, all systems are go for Carifta, the countries are having their final trials…and we’re all moving ahead as if it is going to take place,” she told the Royal Gazette newspaper.Raynor added that the matter was addressed at a recent meeting of the local organizing committee (LOC).“Fortunately for us, most of the athletes are coming in from the Caribbean and flying in on charters, not flying through the United States…. We’re just really keeping our fingers crossed that we can get through the next couple of weeks and that Carifta is on,” Raynor said, adding that she was hoping none of the countries would pull out of the April 10-13 games.“I just want to have the event, we’ve put a lot of work into it and are ready to go. Hopefully we can get Carifta off the ground.”The BNAA will this weekend host a two-day trial meet at the National Sports Centre which is the venue for the Carifta Games. It will be the final opportunity for local athletes to reach qualifying standards ahead of the March 16 deadline.The Games, held under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC), features 150 separate events.Meantime, the International Triathlon Union has confirmed that the April 18-19 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda will go ahead as planned.The Bermuda event is the next on the seven-series circuit that will culminate in the World Championships and Grand Finals in Edmonton, Canada in August. The 2020 Carifta Games will be staged between April 10 and 13.