Local blood center mandating waiting period for donors who’ve traveled abroad

Photo Credit: KLFY

As doctors learn more about the Zika virus here in the United States, one local blood collection agency is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of their clients.

As employees at United Blood Services Louisiana await further information from the FDA and CDC, Communications Manager, Mitzi Breaux says they’ve implemented a 28-day waiting period for interested donors who have traveled abroad.

“For anyone who has traveled to the Caribbean or Mexico, or south or central America, we’re asking that you wait 28 days after you return before coming back in to donate,” Breaux told KLFY’s Dalfred Jones.

This time of year is already slow because of cold and flu season.

“We’re actually estimating about a 2% decline in the amount of people that are going to be eligible to come in and donate blood, so if you have traveled to those areas you’re going to have to wait 28 days and that’s going to make less people eligible to donate.”

As Breaux said, this time of year is typically very slow, if you’re willing to donate, all volunteers must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and in good health.

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