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Volume 13, Number 1—January 2007

Research

Blood Transfusion and Spread of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Klaus Dietz*Comments to Author , Günter Raddatz*, Jonathan Wallis†, Norbert Müller‡, Inga Zerr§, Hans-Peter Duerr*, Hans Lefèvre¶, Erhard Seifried#, and Johannes Löwer**
Author affiliations: *University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany; †Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom; ‡University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany; §University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany; ¶DRK Blood Donor Service West, Hagen, Germany; #DRK Blood Donor Service Baden-Württemberg, Hessen, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; **Paul-Ehrlich-Institute, Langen, Germany;

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Table 3

Cumulative numbers of deaths from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at the end of the epidemic

Incubation periodDonors excludedInfectivity (%)Without transfusionWith transfusionTotal no. cases
ShortNo01,1673901,557
No1001,1675621,729

Yes
100
1,167
547
1,714
LongNo0503222725
No100503446949
Yes100503396899

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