#Zika virus: a new #challenge for #blood #transfusion (The Lancet, summary)

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Zika virus: a new challenge for blood transfusion

Didier Musso, Susan L Stramer (on behalf of the AABB Transfusion-Transmitted Diseases Committee), Michael P Busch (on behalf of the International Society of Blood Transfusion Working Party on Transfusion-Transmitted Infectious Diseases)

Published Online: 03 May 2016 / Article has an altmetric score of 2 / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30428-7

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Zika virus is an emerging flavivirus initially described in 1947. The first outbreak of Zika virus occurred in 2007 in the Pacific and the virus has spread in this region since 2013, and in the Americas since 2015. Concomitantly, severe neurological complications in adults, fetuses, and neonates have been described. Zika virus is mainly mosquito borne, but non-vector transmission (maternal–fetal, sexual, and blood transfusion) is possible, with an unknown effect on the burden of the disease.


Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Zika Virus; Blood Safety.


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Giuseppe Michieli

I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum (FluTrackers.com) in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.