Emerging viral diseases and infectious disease risks

New pathogens and antimicrobial-resistant forms of older pathogens continue to emerge, some with the potential for rapid, global spread and high morbidity and mortality. Pathogens can emerge either through introduction into a new population or when the interaction with the vector changes; emergence is also influenced by microbiological adaptation and change, global travel patterns, domestic […]


In January the SARS-COV-2 infection exploded in the chinese city of Wuhan and spread worldwide. At the moment there are no news on the impact in people with hemophilia. In the letter to the editor recently published (Cui Dongyan et al. Haemophilia. 2020 Apr 1. doi: 10.1111/hae.14000. [Epub ahead of print]) the authors report on […]

Epidemiological characteristics of human prion diseases

In the absence of specific therapies for human prion diseases, which are frequently associated with neurodegenerative disorders with fatal outcome, only an active surveillance can be used to monitor and prevent the transmission of such diseases. For this reason, starting from 1993, surveillance systems have been established in many countries. Moreover, there is urgent need […]

Screening Blood Donors for HIV, HCV, and HBV at the American Red Cross: 10-Year Trends in Prevalence, Incidence, and Residual Risk, 2007 to 2016

Prevalence, incidence and residual risk of HIV, HCV and HBV are critical indicators of the safety of the blood supply. The American Red Cross routinely monitors these markers. Herein the results of testing over 58 million donations from 2007 to 2016 are reported. The prevalence and incidence of these infections has declined or remained essentially […]


Damoctocog alfa pegol (Jivi®) is approved in the USA, EU, Japan and Canada for the treatment and prophylaxis of previously treated patients aged ≥ 12 years with haemophilia A. Formulated with a 60 kDa polyethylene glycol (PEG) moiety, damoctocog alfa pegol is an intravenously (IV) administered recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) product with a longer terminal half-life than non-PEGylated FVIII […]