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Bse transmission through food and blood products: a study in primates to assess the risk for humans

Bse transmission through food and blood products: a study in primates to assess the risk for humans

Objective

Independent lines of evidence causatively link vCJD and BSE through consumption of contaminated meat products. Almost 200,000 cattle have died from BSE within the last 15 years; hundreds of thousands of humans must have been exposed. Over 100 vCJD cases have been verified, the yearly incidence of death is currently rising by 33%. An unknown number will follow, others may become inapparent carriers, a potential source of inter-human transmission. Risk assessment of the human population to contract vCJD is paramount. We will establish the infectious dose contained in contaminated food in a non-human primate species closely related to man and examine whether the orally induced monkey TSE is transmissible through transfusion of blood or its products. These quantitative values will allow to more precisely estimate the risk of BSE transmission to individuals and the overall human population through contaminated food as well as blood and blood products.

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Coordinator

DEUTSCHES PRIMATENZENTRUM GMBH

Address

4,Kellnerweg 4
37077 GÖTtingen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Michael LANKEIT (Mr)

Participants (4)

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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA

Italy

PAUL-EHRLICH-INSTITUT, FEDERAL AGENCY FOR SERA AND VACCINES

Germany

SWEDISH INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONTROL

Sweden

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK1-CT-2002-01096

  • Start date

    1 December 2002

  • End date

    30 November 2008

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 927 763

  • EU contribution

    € 3 931 060

Coordinated by:

DEUTSCHES PRIMATENZENTRUM GMBH

Germany