Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, May 24th, 2005
According to a study from the United States, "Cord blood (CB) progenitor cells are increasingly used for transplantation in children because of the lower risk of graft-versus-host disease compared with unrelated bone marrow and comparable rates of disease-free survival. There is concern that CB might carry a higher risk of opportunistic infections."
"Human herpes viruses (HHV) are common pathogens in transplant recipients. CB donors are routinely tested for the presence of anticytomegalovirus (CMV) immunoglobulin M to reduce the risk of collecting CMV-infected...
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