South Texas Blood & Tissue Center enacts guidelines to maintain blood supply safety
February 3, 2016

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) announced it will be following recommended Zika virus guidelines and ask donors who have traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and parts of South America to postpone blood donation until 28 days after their return.

The AABB, a blood bank association, issued the guidelines to its members.

“Our top priority is maintaining the safety of our blood supply,” said Dr. Rachel Beddard, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center medical director. “Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, we’ll keep the public informed as guidelines and policies are updated.”

STBTC estimates that the changes will result in the loss of as many as 10,000 donations a year in our South Texas collection area.