FDA: Screen Blood Donations for Zika
The Food and Drug Administration announced a new recommendation that the U.S. blood supply—whole blood donations, as well as blood components like plasma—should be tested for the Zika virus. Blood donations in areas of active Zika transmission in the United States and its territories have been screened for the virus since February.
Screening for Zika has helped identify the virus in infected blood donations since the testing was implemented. While Zika transmission is not fully understood at this time, the FDA hopes to reduce the spread of the virus by expanding screening. According to the Agency, the precautionary measure will help protect the U.S. blood supply.
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