FDA orders ALL blood donation centers to test for Zika amid fears virus is rapidly spreading around the US

Friday, August 26, 2016
By Paul Martin

All US blood centers to start screening for Zika immediately, FDA orders
It comes after Zika case hundreds of miles from outbreak zone in Miami
Previously only Puerto Rican and Floridian centers had to test for Zika

26 August 2016

All US blood centers will start screening for Zika.

The move, ordered by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, is a major expansion in a bid intended to protect the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.

It means all US states and territories will need to begin testing blood donations for Zika immediately.

Previously, the FDA had limited the requirement to Puerto Rico and two Florida counties.

But now that Zika has been detected hundreds of miles away from Miami – the current outbreak zone – officials are cracking down on any chance of a spread.

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