421 days after the Lombardi et al. Science paper, the American Red Cross has made the long overdue ruling that CFS patients are prohibited from donating blood. The American Red Cross issued a statement today (this can be found here http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.94aae335470e233f6cf911df43181aa0/?vgnextoid=dc099a02fbcac210VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD&vgnextchannel=00a00628b1cde110VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD) that described XMRV as being the catalyst for imposing this blood ban.
Today’s blood ban comes in the wake of the American Red Cross’s announcement 6 months ago that it “actively discouraged” CFS patients’ from donating blood.
The American Red Cross has commendably provided the scrupulous instigator for this blood ban as the XMRV-CFS link. Contrastingly, today’s US blood ban has further tarnished the reputation of the UK government’s ME/CFS antagonists who only last month banned CFS patient’s from donating blood, providing the transparent motive for the blood ban as being a: “precaution to protect the donor’s safety by ensuring their condition is not made worse by donating blood.”
The US has now joined the plethora of other countries that have consequential of the Lombardi et al. XMRV-CFS paper, banned CFS patients from providing blood donations, including; Canada, Australia, New Zealand and various European countries.
The standard political technique of watering down certain announcements by releasing the information on a Friday afternoon has again come to fruition. The dubiously timed Friday afternoon CFS blood ban declaration has failed to prohibit some media outlets from publishing the story. The Washington Post has admirably reported on the blood ban here: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkup/2010/12/red_cross_bars_chronic_fatique.html