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Release No: 189-01
September 14, 2001

New Blood Donation Policy Delayed

In response to recent terrorist activities, the implementation date of the Defense Department's new policy on blood donor deferral criteria for variant Creutzfelt-Jakob disease has been changed from Sept. 14 to Oct. 29.

The new policy was first announced on Sept. 7, 2001, and can be found on the Web at http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2001/b09072001_bt409-01.html .

More details about the change are on the Web at http://www.armymedicine.army.mil/news/releases/delayedblood.htm [release no longer available].

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