XMRV and blood donation – update following letter to the Chief Medical Officer

November 2, 2009

The ME Association wrote to Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, on Tuesday 27 October about XMRV research.  In particular, we raised the situation regarding people with ME/CFS and blood donation. Click here to read a copy of this letter.  An acknowledgement from the CMO has been received.

We are today writing to the CMO again to pass on the interim guidelines about blood donation and ME/CFS in America that have been issued by Dr John Niederhuber from the National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health. This information was requested from the NCI by the CFIDS Association of America and has been published on their website.


The MEA is very keen to build up an international database on the situation regarding blood donation and any information from people or support groups in other countries would be welcomed.


Following contact and discussions last week with a number of virologists and retrovirologists involved with XMRV research, the MEA will be updating our position statement on XMRV later in the week.


We shall also be repeating our offer to help fund good quality XMRV research here in the UK through the MEA Ramsay Research Fund.

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