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August 3, 2016: Blood Bank of Hawaii to Participate in Zika Virus Screening Trials

“Hawaii’s blood supply is about to undergo additional testing for safety.

“The Blood Bank of Hawaii says it is participating in a new screening procedure for donations to ensure that all blood is free of the Zika virus.”

“Blood bank officials say their concern is high since the same mosquito that transmits dengue fever — as seen in a recent Hawaii Island outbreak — can also transmit Zika.

“’Should Hawaii become a Zika risk area, (without the additional testing) it’s possible that we might have to completely shut down all blood collection, and then Hawaii would be 100-percent dependent on imported blood from the mainland’ explained Dr. Randal Covin, medical director, Blood Bank of Hawaii. ‘Which is why we want to bring testing in, that way we can prevent something like that from happening. So it’s really a measure of protecting the people of Hawaii to make sure we can continue to collect, process and distribute blood.’

Source: KHON 2

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