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Blood, glorious blood (Tick Season is Upon Us) - 05/05/2013
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Have you ever had sexual contact with anyone who was born in, or lived in Africa? If so, you probably cannot give blood in America. In the past three years have you been outside the United States? Maybe you cannot give blood. Notice the racial profiling here: "To increase protection of the U.S. blood supply, we continue to recommend that you defer blood and plasma donors who have traveled or resided in the U.K. for a cumulative period of three or more months from the beginning of 1980 through the end of 1996." http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM213415.pdf Why is this? Because, as of March 2010, 216 people (ever) have been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, 169 of whom lived in the U.K. There is no exemption for British vegetarians. That interests me. Conversely, when it comes to a much more quickly devastating blood-borne illness known as "Texas cattle fever" and also as "Nantucket fever", there are no blanket restrictions on blood donating based on people who have lived in or visited Texas or Massachussetts.  The questionnaire merely asks "Have you ever had babesiosis?" I cannot help wondering how many would-be blood donors know what babesiosis is, let alone whether or not they have ever had it. Also, what if they know they have had piroplasmosis, but the questionnaire does not ask about piroplasmosis? According to a 2011 article in DISCOVERY, over the last 30 years, blood transfusions caused ...

Blood, glorious blood (Tick Season is Upon Us)



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