Rock River Valley Blood Center Not Worried Zika Virus Affecting Supply

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A Rockford blood bank is taking precautions in response to the fast-spreading Zika virus.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) is following orders from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to hold off on blood donated from those who’ve traveled to Zika-infected countries.

The RRVBC is now disallowing anyone who has traveled to a country where the Zika virus has a strong presence for a 28 day period.

“We are going to do our due diligence to protect the blood supply,” says Jennifer Bowman, PR Manager of RRVBC.  “Most people don’t need to worry about it, especially, in this area.”

Health officials say the virus is most dangerous to those living in underprivileged conditions, “places where hygiene and clean water… are harder to come by,” says Bowman. “It’s all of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and some other auxiliary island areas and South Pacific [that are currently affected].”

Bowman says that even if a donor has passed the required 28 days, they’re asked to contact the Center if they begin experiencing symptoms following a donation.  She says those include fever, rash, and joint pain.

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