Jul 28, 2016

F.D.A. Says 2 Florida Counties With Zika Cases Should Suspend Blood Donations

Miami-Dade County, FL
USA
by
The Associated Press via The New York Times
The mosquito that typically transmits Zika — the Aedes aegypti. Photo: Felipe Dana / Associated Press
The mosquito that typically transmits Zika — the Aedes aegypti. Photo: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

Federal officials want to suspend blood donations in two Florida counties where officials are investigating four cases of Zika infection that may be the first spread by mosquitoes on the United States mainland.

Blood centers in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas were being asked to stop collecting blood until they could properly screen each unit for the Zika virus, according to a statement on the Food and Drug Administration website.

Florida health officials said the four infections in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties might not be linked to travel outside the United States, but they had not confirmed how the virus spread