Red Cross screening blood donors for West Nile

The American Red Cross has begun screening Connecticut blood donors for the potentially deadly West Nile virus. So far this year there haven't been any such cases in the state, but West Nile has been contracted through blood transfusions.

Although the virus is usually transmitted by mosquitoes, the Red Cross began screening blood donors on June 30th. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says last year, 23 people nationwide became infected with West Nile after receiving blood transfusions.

The CDC says so far none of the donors in Connecticut have tested positive for West Nile during screening. If so, the diagnosis would remain confidential.

For more information about blood donation in Connecticut, visit www.bloodct.org or Centers for Disease Control.

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