§ Mr. Bermingham
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies are being undertaken to monitor the incidence of the retrovirus human T cell lymphotropic virus-1 in blood supplies; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
This is a rare infection in this country. The national blood transfusion service is preparing for a study to monitor the prevalence of this infection in blood donations. As part of these preparations, an investigation of the methods available for identifying the infection is underway.