UK: Tonsil operations cancelled over fears of vCJD transmission
Fears over whether vCJD, the devastating human form of mad cow disease, can be transmitted via surgical instruments have led doctors at a Plymouth hospital to cancel operations. Patients waiting for tonsil and adenoids operations have been told that they will have to wait a few weeks before disposable surgical instruments become available, because of what a consultant calls a "very small and theoretical risk" they could catch vCJD.
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