Shannonside residents who formerly lived in UK in 1990s now allowed to give blood

People across the Shannonside region who were resident in England during the BSE outbreak will now be able to donate blood.

Previously anyone who was residing in the UK, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for more than a year from 1980 to 1996 were not allowed to donate blood by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.

At the time it was unknown how easily vCJD, which is the human form of BSE was transmitted, and precautionary measures were put in place on blood donations.

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Speaking to Shannonside, Professor Steven Field who is the Medical and Scientific Director of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service believes the risk of contracting vCJD from blood transfusions is very low and asks anyone from Longford, Leitrim or Roscommon who fits the criteria to consider donating blood.