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United Blood Services takes steps to prevent spread of Zika virus in U.S.

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New changes are being made for people who want to donate blood at the United Blood Services Center.

With the Zika virus quickly spreading, United Blood Services wants to be extra careful. People who visited Mexico, South America or the Caribbean have to wait to donate blood for 28 days after their trip. This could cause a cut in the blood supply by two percent.

“Right now it’s important with the Zika virus and the down donations during the donation period to donate blood as soon as possible,” Dan McCrady said from United Blood Services.

According to the Red Cross, less than 10 percent of people in the U.S. donate blood each year.

“Well there’s just a shortage all the time and I’m just trying to meet the needs of people all over the country,” said donor Lindsay Loustalop. “It’s very important.”

For more information about United Blood Services or to make an appointment, click here. 

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