KBC prepares to begin testing donations for Zika

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Kentucky Blood Center

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is preparing to begin testing blood donations for the Zika virus following the FDA guidance released Friday recommending blood centers begin testing all blood donations.

“Kentucky Blood Center has worked closely with the FDA and public health authorities to stay on top of this rapidly changing situation and has been anticipating the new guidance. We are already in the process of implementing changes necessary to begin testing.” said Kentucky Blood Center’s Medical Director, Dennis Williams, M.D.

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The guidance calls for a staggered implementation for blood centers across the country with southern states implementing within the next month. Kentucky and surrounding states should implement as soon as possible but no later than November 18.

Until testing is fully implemented, KBC will continue to provide donors with travel information related to Ziks and defer according to FDA guidelines.

For information from the FDA, visit http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/ucm513583.htm.

Kentucky Blood Center donor centers are listed below or visit kybloodcenter.org to find a mobile blood drive.

  • Andover Donor Center – Lexington
    • 3130 Maple Leaf Drive
  • Beaumont Donor Center – Lexington
    • 3121 Beaumont Center Circle
  • Middletown Donor Center – Louisville
    • 12905 Shelbyville Road
  • Pikeville Donor Center
    • 472 S. Mayo Trail
  • Somerset Donor Center
    • 10 Stonegate Center