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Screening blood donors to prevent Zika Virus Disease (Updated on 1/9/2018)

Zika virus can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, Hospital Authority (BTS) Expert Panel on Blood and Blood Products Safety has implemented the following preventive measures to ensure blood safety since 2 February 2016:

- For blood donors who meet one of the following criteria, they should be deferred for 28 days.

  • Have resided or visited any of those affected countries/areas (from the date of departure).
  • For blood donors with symptoms suggestive of Zika virus infection that arose within 2 weeks of departure from Zika affected areas. The symptoms include fever, skin rash, muscle or joint pain, headache and conjunctivitis (from the date of symptoms resolved).
  • ŸHad sexual contact with a man who: (1) has resided or visited any of those affected countries/areas in the past three months; or (2) has been diagnosed with Zika virus infection (from the date of last sexual contact).

- Blood donors have been diagnosed with Zika virus infection, they should be deferred for 6 months (from the date of recovery).

Note: In order to enhance blood safety, BTS may undergo the Zika viral screening for specific blood donors in respective to some special considerations or other potential risk assessment.

 

 

 

 

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