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News 11 March 2016

Zika virus statement

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Zika virus statement - Changes to blood donor deferral

SNBTS Medical Director, Professor Marc Turner said: ""The safety of the blood supply is of paramount importance to us and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service will implement the precautionary blood safety measures agreed by the UK Blood Services.

"We are in the process of putting in place a deferral for people who have travelled to those countries where the Zika virus is endemic, which will come into effect from Friday 5th February.

"Travel to many of these countries already brings at least a 28-day blood donation deferral because of either malaria or other tropical virus risk. As a result, we do not expect this change to significantly impact upon the number of people who can donate following travel abroad."

 

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