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Brazil Identifies 2 Zika Cases Contracted Through Blood Transfusions As Nations Take Steps To Protect Blood Supplies

New York Times: Blood Banks Use Caution With Travelers From Zika Zones
“Blood banks in the United States have begun asking potential donors not to give blood if within the last month they have visited a country in which the Zika virus is spreading…” (Saint Louis, 2/3).

Wall Street Journal: Brazil Identifies Two Cases of Zika Transmitted by Blood Transfusions
“Health officials in Brazil reported two cases of the Zika virus being transmitted through blood transfusions, the latest challenge in the global battle against the fast-spreading mosquito-borne epidemic. … A number of countries are tightening their rules on blood donations in response to the global Zika outbreak…” (Johnson/Magalhaes, 2/3).

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