Information about Zika Virus, Dengue Virus, and Chikungunya (CHIKV) Virus Outbreak

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Information about Zika Virus, Dengue Virus, and Chikungunya (CHIKV) Virus Outbreak

We want you to know information that is important for patients who may receive your blood and that may also be important to your own health.

Travel to Mexico, the Caribbean islands, or Central or South America may put you at risk of getting infections not found in the United States. Of most concern at this time are tropical diseases caused by Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses, which are transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Although you may feel completely well and healthy at the time of your donation, you may still have been infected with Zika, dengue, or chikungunya virus during your travel and not feel anything.

If you have travelled to Mexico, any island in the Caribbean, and or Central or South America in the last 28 days, we are asking you not to donate today, but to return for your donation more than 28 days after your return to the United States. Please speak to a staff person to reschedule your appointment.

If you develop unexplained illness with two or more of the listed symptoms within these 2 weeks, PLEASE see your doctor and notify us as soon as possible at (541) 484-9113. By doing so, you may prevent infecting a patient receiving a transfusion.

In this situation, you may develop symptoms within the next 2 weeks including:

  • Fever ≥ 100 F
  • Muscle and/or joint aches or weakness
  • Headache
  • Eye pain
  • A rash
  • Bleeding or easy bruising (unrelated to your blood donation)

Thank you!

Author: LBC BWNW

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