FDA Issues Tissue-Donation Recommendations to Deal with Zika Threat — Physician’s First Watch

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March 3, 2016

FDA Issues Tissue-Donation Recommendations to Deal with Zika Threat

By the Editors

To avoid possible transmission of Zika virus, the FDA says that human cell and tissue donations should be considered ineligible if the donor, during the preceding 6 months, has:

  • been diagnosed with Zika;

  • been in an area of active transmission;

  • had sex with a male having either of the above two risk factors.

These recommendations affect donations of corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, hematopoietic stem cells, amniotic tissues, semen, and oocytes.

Last month, the FDA established similar guidelines for blood donations — those called for a 4-week waiting period.

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