Were you exposed?

  1. The US blood supply is tested for many blood transmittable diseases. Yet when a healthcare worker is exposed to blood, from a less healthy source population, the worker is tested for just three diseases. For an example (one of many)

    CDC is calling West Nile
    1) An epidemic
    2) Transmittable via blood (see below)

    So why isn't testing for West Nile included in BBP post exposure protocols?
    Ditto for many other diseases currently tested in the blood industry.

    West Nile Outbreak Biggest Encephalitis Epidemic in Western Hemisphere
    This summer's West Nile virus (WNV) outbreak in the US and Canada is the largest epidemic of mosquito-borne viral meningoencephalitis ever documented in the Western Hemisphere, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    Reuters Health Information 2002

    Number of Cases of Probable Transfusion-Related West Nile Virus Stands at 33
    Seventeen states have reported a total of 33 cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection among persons who had received blood components in the month prior to illness onset, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Reuters Health Information 2002
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