Bill Myers of Washington has blood platelets drawn at the American Red Cross Charles Drew Donation Center in Washington February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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U.S. health officials Tuesday issued new guidelines for donating blood aimed at avoiding the contamination of the country's blood supplies with the Zika virus.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recommended that anyone returning from a region in which the virus is being transmitted or showing signs of a possible infection wait four weeks before giving blood.The FDA also recommends that areas considered active Zika transmission zones within the United States, which include the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, use blood for transfusion from the U.S. mainland, where the virus is not circulating.
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