A health ministry panel decided Wednesday to add Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands to a list of seven countries from which organ donations to Japan are barred to prevent the spread of the brain-wasting Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Blood donations from the three countries have already been banned, according to the panel on organ transplants under the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

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