ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Zika outbreak in Florida is prompting the Red Cross to put new restrictions on who can give blood donations nationwide.
St. Louis Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo says anyone wanting to donate blood has to first answer questions about whether they’ve been to the South Florida area lately.
“We’re deferring anybody who’s been there within the last month; has been in that area that has been infected,” Zydlo says. “So if you’ve been there within the last month, as of Aug. 1, and this is following the FDA’s rules – following their lead – we’re going to defer any type of donors … just to be on the safe side.”
To date, there are more than 350 cases of Zika in Florida, including two patients who had not traveled out of the state.
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Meanwhile, the St. Louis Red Cross is putting out an urgent appeal for blood donations because they have less than a five-day supply.
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