Canadian Blood Services is taking steps to help prevent the spread of Zika virus through contaminated blood.
There has been a change in the rules regarding anyone who’s traveled outside Canada, the United States or Europe, you’ll have to wait three weeks after returning before you can donate.
Canadian Blood Services’ Susan Matsumoto says Zika’s not the only illness on their radar, right now.
“The other key concern is malaria risk, and certainly we have an extensive list of areas or countries for which that risk is a concern to us,” she explains. “We certainly test each and every unit of blood for a number of elements.”
Matsumoto says, in spite of this, they’re putting out a call for blood ahead of the summer months, when donations traditionally tend to drop off. In particular, they need O-type blood, both positive and negative.
You can book a donation today through their website, or using the Give Blood app. (scb)