XMRV does not pose a risk to blood recipient safety

Dodd (American Red Cross) and colleagues at several other institutions tested samples collected from 17,249 blood donors or recipients for the presence of antibodies to XMRV-related recombinant antigens and/or for XMRV RNA. They conclude, “XMRV and related murine leukemia virus (MLV) markers are not present among a large population of blood donors and evidence of transfusion transmission could not be detected. Thus, these viruses do not currently pose a threat to blood recipient safety and further actions relating to XMRV and MLV are not justified.” Additional Research1st coverage here.  (Transfusion, Nov. 21, 2011)

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