02 Oct 2017

Blood Donation deferral due to chikungunya outbreak in Italy

Travellers returning from Rome (including Vatican City) and the surrounding Lazio Region, Italy, are to defer blood donations for 28 days Blood Donation deferral due to chikungunya outbreak in Italy
Because of the ongoing chikungunya outbreak in Italy, if you have returned from Rome (including Vatican City) and/or the surrounding Lazio Region (including Anzio and Latina) you are asked not to donate blood for 28 days following your return. If you have been diagnosed with chikungunya or have had similar symptoms then you must wait for 6 months from the date of your diagnosis before you give blood. 
 
This is a precautionary measure; there have been no reported cases of transmission of this disease through a blood transfusion in the UK.
 
Chikungunya virus is spread by mosquito bite; it does not pass directly from person to person. There have been cases in the UK in recent years in people returning from the Indian sub-continent, South East Asia, Caribbean and South America.
 
All blood donors who have recently returned from abroad should check if the countries they have visited could mean they are deferred from donation for a period after they return. The information is available on the NHS Blood and Transplant website or by calling the service on 0300 123 23 23.

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