29 July 2016
Statement From Carter BloodCare Concerning Zika Virus

New travel questions about Broward and Miami-Dade, Florida Counties

Carter BloodCare is closely monitoring the fluid developments in the state of Florida, concerning the Zika virus. Our staff receives daily updates on newly announced Zika-risk areas. Added to the list now, are Broward and Miami-Dade counties in Florida. This is part of the pre-donation screening process.

We are working with a nationally connected network of community blood centers so that we remain apprised as changes become necessary.

Blood centers rely on volunteer blood donors to give frequently as their health allows, especially during the summer months. This is how we maintain a safe and sufficient blood supply for local hospitals and their patients. Blood donors can be assured it is safe to give with Carter BloodCare.

At this time there is no need to change our collection practices beyond the additional travel screening. If changes are required, we will make them according to regulations.

Contact(s):

Linda Goelzer
Director of Public Relations
Carter BloodCare
817.412.5314/ cell 817.709.9103
lgoelzer@carterbloodcare.org