Emergencies preparedness, response

Maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply during Zika virus outbreaks

Interim guidance

Authors:
World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: February 2016
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/ZIKV/HS/16.1

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Overview

These guidelines have been developed in recognition that infection with Zika virus may present a risk to blood safety, and in consideration of the declaration on 1 February 2016 by the WHO Director-General of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern with regard to clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders, potentially associated with Zika virus. Currently there is limited knowledge of Zika virus biology and lack of definitive evidence of a link between infection and potential complications. These guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated as new information becomes available.

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