The FDA Is Now Recommending Zika Screening For All US Blood Donations
Previously, it only advised screening in areas with active Zika transmission, like parts of Florida and throughout Puerto Rico.By Briana Altergott | August 26, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration now recommends that all blood donations in the U.S. be screened for the Zika virus.
The FDA previously advised screening only in areas with active Zika transmission, like parts of Florida and throughout Puerto Rico.
But the agency's acting chief scientist said in a statement Friday, "As new scientific and epidemiological information regarding Zika virus has become available, it's clear that additional precautionary measures are necessary."