Zika Update

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Attention: The FDA has mandated that all blood donations be tested for the Zika virus. However, because of the urgency with which this new requirement has been instituted, the few companies that have developed new tests for the Zika virus have not been able to fully demonstrate the accuracy of these tests. Effective November 18, 2016, blood centers will have to administer the Zika virus test under a research protocol for every blood product we collect. This means that we need to get individual consent from each donor to participate in this research study.

Please understand the following information:

  • We will NOT be able to collect blood from a donor who does not have the proper consent
  • There is absolutely NO additional risk to the donor from agreeing to participate in this testing
  • Participating in the research will allow the manufacturer of the test to demonstrate or improve its accuracy
  • It will facilitate the development of a vaccine for the Zika virus

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have, and thank you in advance for your support. Without volunteers like yourself, we would not be able to meet the hospitals’ demand for blood products.

WHAT IS THE ZIKA VIRUS

DEFINITION: Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.

Further information about the symptoms associated with Zika virus disease can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms.

For further information speak with staff in the donor room or call 732-842-5750 x262 or x235

Visit the New Jersey Department of Health to learn more in regards to ZIKA. You can follow the below links.

Mosquito Proof Your Yard

ZIKA FAQ’s

Fight The Bite Video

 

 

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