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FDA recommends donated blood be tested for Zika

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 hard-hit by the Zika outbreak. The FDA recommended 11 other states begin testing in the next month and the rest of the country — including Maryland — begin testing within 12 weeks.

A unit of infected blood was found in recent weeks in Florida and removed from the supply, Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a call...

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