Severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS

SARS is a respiratory infection that can produce serious complications. Most cases identified have been in Asia, but there have been outbreaks elsewhere, including the United States and Canada. To date, there has been no evidence of SARS transmission through blood transfusion. However, the potential exists, because the virus associated with SARS is present in the blood of people who are sick. If it were possible for the virus to be present in blood before an individual becomes ill and for that person to donate blood, then that individual potentially could introduce the virus into the blood supply. To prevent this from occurring, blood collection facilities ask potential donors orally or in writing about recent travel to a SARS-affected country, a history of SARS infection, or possible exposure to SARS. Because the risk of contracting SARS through a blood transfusion theoretically exists during periods of SARS epidemics anywhere in the world, anyone who has traveled to a SARS-infected area or who has had close contact with a person with SARS or someone suspected of having SARS is asked to refrain from donating blood for at least 14 days after arriving in the United States. "Close contact" is defined as having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with the respiratory secretions and/or body fluids of a person known to have, or to have had, SARS. Anyone who has been ill with SARS or suspected SARS should refrain from donating blood for 28 days from the last date of treatment and symptoms. In addition, all donors are asked to call the blood center after donating if they then become ill. If this call occurs prior to the blood being transfused, the unit(s) can be intercepted and destroyed. As long as a donor is and remains well, no other measures are necessary.

Swine Influenza

Swine Influenza

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