Sperm donated in Florida may contain Zika, CDC says

Some sperm that has been donated in Florida may actually contain Zika. This report comes from the CDC. Having this information can help a lot of people make better choices. About 80 percent of people who have this disease, are not aware of it. Symptoms do occur sometime and people should get help if they have them.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a warning of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sperm donated in three Florida counties since June 15 may be infected with the Zika virus.
  • When semen is donated it can be stored frozen for periods of time. It does not necessarily inactivate Zika, so it could be stored in tissue banks and used subsequently
  • Unlike blood donations, which are routinely screened for the virus in the United States, there is no available test to screen semen for Zika.

“Unlike blood donations, which are routinely screened for the virus in the United States, there is no available test to screen semen for Zika.”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/13/health/zika-florida-sperm-warning/index.html

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