TITLE

West Nile Virus Transmission via Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion -- Louisiana, 2008

AUTHOR(S)
Stanley, E.; Ratard, R.; Staples, J. E.; Royce, R.; Bower, W. A.; Ellingson, K. D.; Kuehnert, M. J.
PUB. DATE
November 2009
SOURCE
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;11/20/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 45, p1263
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on the spread of the West Nile Virus (WNV) through organ transplantation and blood transfusion in Louisiana in 2008. An investigation by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) found that two WNV infection cases were caused by transfusion while another was infected via organ donation. It is suggested that blood centers utilize the most sensitive screening criteria to detect the virus in order to prevent transmission.
ACCESSION #
45545978

 

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