Well I guess that they don't read my blog down at the Canadian Blood Services. Back in February I bemoaned the fact that the exciting news of a viral cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (XMRV virus) and possibly fibromyalgia had been dashed by the inability of other labs to replicate the findings. It seemed like a long shot anyway, but still it was disappointing. But now we hear that the Canadian service responsible for blood collecting is the first in the world to put patients with CFS on their not-welcome list, specifically because they are worried about viral transmission of the disease through blood transfusions. Not terribly scientific but I guess it's hard to blame them for being a bit jittery. Canada was a little slow with HIV/hepatitis C testing back in the eighties, and many people were infected through blood product use. In fact, the new Canadian Blood Services arose from the ashes of the previous collectors, the Red Cross, relieved of their duties because of those infections. I wouldn't be surprised if the French do the same. People there went to prison for the same reason. At first I thought that this would mean a big drop in donations, given that so many people have CFS and fibromyalgia, or at least enough to fatigue to think that they may have the disease. But then again, if you're dead tired all of the time, I don't think you're thinking of giving blood all too often. And who knows, science seems to be making quick work of this virus theory anyway. It might not be too long before the gang at the Canadian Blood Services can relax once again.