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FDA recommends donated blood be tested for Zika

As Zika infections continue to spread around the nation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended Friday that all donated blood and blood components soon be tested for the mosquito-borne virus. Testing of the blood supply already has begun in Florida and in Puerto Rico, which is particularly...

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