Friday, February 5th, 2016

NBTSJA Strategy for Managing Zika Virus Related Infections Associated With Blood Donation

Following the confirmed case of the Zika virus in Portmore, St. Catherine, the National Blood Transfusion Service of Jamaica is outlining their strategy for blood donation due to the Zika virus threat.

During the donor interview process special attention will be paid to the following:

  1. Travel history, especially travel to the following countries in Latin America and the Caribbean which are already affected by this virus:

    • Barbados
    • Bolivia
    • Brazil
    • Colombia
    • Curacao
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • El Salvador
    • French Guiana
    • Guadeloupe
    • Guatemala
    • Guyana

    • Haiti
    • Honduras
    • Martinique
    • Mexico
    • Nicaragua
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Puerto Rico
    • St. Martin
    • Suriname
    • US Virgin Islands
    • Venezuela

    Persons who have travelled to these areas will be deferred for 14 days.

  2. Donors in close contact with persons who are infected or suspected to be infected with the virus within their household or neighbourhood.
    Donors who have interacted with such persons will be deferred for 14 days.
  3. Persons who have been infected with Zika Virus
    Donors will be deferred for 28 days following the onset of disease symptoms.
  4. To find out where you can make a blood donation before the Zika virus outbreak, see our Collection Centres for the one closest you.