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The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens: Spongiform Encephalopathy
Advisory Committee has a booklet entitled "Transmissible Spongiform
Encephalopathy Agents: Safe Working and the Prevention of Infection"
ISBN 0-11-322166-5
available from:

The Publications Centre
PO Box 276, London SW8 5DT
General enquiries 0171 873 0011
Telephone orders 0171 873 9090
Fax orders 0171 873 8200

It was just published in 1998 and gives a good background introduction,
hazards and risks associated with workplace exposure to TSE agents,
containment and control measures for labs, infection control of CJD and
related disorders, distribution of TSE infectivity in tissues and body
fluids, AND cleaning, decontamination and waste disposal of such.
The booklet clears up many misconceptions about handling CJD, but also makes
it VERY CLEAR which containment level YOUR lab should be to properly handle
such specimens.  It costs about $25.00 Canadian (10 British pounds) but is
worth every Canadian penny.  As they say...... be penny wise and not pound

Richard G. Mah, Supervisor
Surgical & Immunohistochemistry Labs
Children's and Women's Health Centre
4480 Oak Street Room 2J32
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6H 3V4

-----Original Message-----
From: Celebre, Gino [mailto:celebre@HAMCIVHOS.ON.CA]
Sent: 1999/03/03 6:24 AM
To: ''
Subject: CJD

Does anyone know of a decontamination procedure for benches or cryostats
after CJD exposure. Also, is there anyway to treat tissues with CJD?
We know of the phenol/formic acid method.
Are there other effective methods???????

Thanks in advance,

Gino Celebre, MLT
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
(905)527-4322 ext. 6145

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