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New results validating Pall prion reduction filter disclosed at ISBT Congress

nnounced its first suspected human case. The UK Haemophilia Society also issued a warning to 6,000 people with hemophilia that they could have caught the disease through infected blood. In the U.S., a second cow just tested positive for BSE.

"Considering the lengthy, asymptomatic incubation period of vCJD in people, no one can accurately determine the magnitude of the next wave of an outbreak. Nor do we know how many people may be harboring the infectious prions and also donating blood," Ross explained. "Our goal is to work with blood authorities across Europe and then North America to help them integrate this new measure of safety into blood processing."

Pall developed the prion reduction technology to help blood authorities around the world stop the transmission of prions as part of the Company's mission to help safeguard the global blood supply. The adoption of the new prion reduction filter has the potential to support the global public health need for adequate supplies of safe blood. Pall is continuing its prion research and development program to apply its technologies to meet the specific requirements of each nation starting in Europe, the epicenter of vCJD, followed by North America. The Company is also developing an ante mortem test to detect infectious prions in cattle prior to entering the food supply.


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