|MMWR Early Release|
Vol. 65, Early Release
June 17, 2016
Screening of Blood Donations for Zika Virus Infection — Puerto Rico, April 3–June 11, 2016
Matthew J. Kuehnert; Sridhar V. Basavaraju; Robin R. Moseley; et al.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65(Early Release)
In February 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued recommendations for donor screening, donor deferral, and product management to reduce the risk for transfusion-transmitted Zika virus in the United States and its territories. Zika virus screening of locally collected blood donations was implemented on April 3, 2016, using a newly developed, FDA-authorized nucleic acid test. A total of 68 (0.5%) presumptive viremic donors in Puerto Rico were identified from 12,777 donations tested during April 3–June 11, 2016.