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Red Cross Statement on the Zika Virus
"We are closely monitoring the spread of Zika virus. As a precaution, the Red Cross will follow the recommendation of AABB, working as quickly as possible to implement a self-deferral for blood donors who have traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central or South America within 28 days prior to presenting to donate."
- From Dr. Susan Stramer, vice president of Scientific Affairs at the American Red Cross
FDA Reviewing Blood Donation Policy During Zika Outbreak
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing policy around blood donation as the Zika virus continues to spread throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a press conference today that the FDA is already considering whether or not to change blood donation policies based on whether a person may have been exposed to the Zika virus.
- By Gillian Mohney, ABC News
Zika Virus and Plasma Protein Therapies
"Recent scientific and public press reports have heightened awareness of the Zika virus and its emergence in the Americas (1). The temporal link between the emergence of the virus in Brazil and the birth of babies with microcephaly (2) is most alarming. PPTA is aware that persons who rely on plasma protein therapies are understandably concerned whether these therapies are safe with respect to the Zika virus."
- From the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association
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