Vancouver Tissue Bank Closed, Recall Issued Over Possible Lack of Screening for Infectious Diseases
February 21, 2003
Concerns that bone and tissue collected for transplants could not be guaranteed to be free of infectious diseases have caused officials to close the British Columbia Ear Bank. Carl Roy, president and CEO of Providence Health Care -- which runs St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, where the ear bank is located -- said that incomplete documentation made it impossible to confirm that the tissue was disease-free. Officials urged patients who received tissue from the ear bank to be screened. They also issued a recall for any tissue from the bank yet to be implanted. An advisory posted on the Health Canada Web site said the risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C was low and that a very low risk of contracting syphilis also existed. The agency acknowledged that it knew of no cases where people who received tissue from the ear bank contracted disease because of diseased tissue.Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.