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OneBlood to start testing blood donors for Zika virus

OneBlood, a blood donation nonprofit, announced Thursday it will start testing donors for the Zika virus in August.

The goal, OneBlood said, is to have Zika-screened blood available for high-risk patients like pregnant women if Florida experiences an outbreak. On Wednesday, state health officials announced that they were investigating a possible non-travel-related case of the mosquito-borne virus in Miami-Dade County.

If confirmed, it could be the first local transmission of Zika in the United States. Hundreds of other cases have involved people who traveled and contracted the virus in other countries.

OneBlood said if any mosquitoes in Miami-Dade are confirmed to have Zika, it will stop collecting donations in the immediate area and bring in blood from areas free of the virus.

OneBlood to start testing blood donors for Zika virus 07/21/16 [Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2016 3:23pm]
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