OneBlood Testing for Zika Virus to Further Ensures Safety of the Blood Supply.
All blood collections throughout OneBlood’s service area in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina are being tested for the Zika virus using an investigational donor screening test. With this test in place, operations remain business as usual and collections continue throughout our service areas, uninterrupted.
The move was made after the FDA requested blood donations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties be tested for the Zika virus. The guidance was issued in light of the Florida Department of Health investigating possible non-travel related cases of the Zika virus. If testing reveals a unit of blood is reactive for the Zika virus, OneBlood will quarantine the unit, notify the donor and alert the Florida Department of Health, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control.
Safety of the blood supply is OneBlood’s top priority. The additional proactive steps implemented earlier this year to protect the local blood supply from the Zika virus remain in effect including enacting additional donor deferral guidelines, updating the donor history questionnaire to include Zika specific questions and issuing educational materials to donors.
Click here to go behind-the-scenes of our operations and see the technology that has been put in place to screen blood donations for the Zika virus.