The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has now reached the United States and specifically Texas, has raised questions about the safety of blood donation and the blood supply.
Dr. Rachel Beddard, BioBridge Global medical director, shares these important facts to keep in mind:
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, which is highly regulated by the Federal Drug Administration and other agencies, already safeguards our blood supply by requiring extra screening for potential donors who:
Present with any signs of illness. Symptoms include: