Community Blood Center to start testing for Zika virus

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. A New Jersey doctor said a woman from Honduras with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby on May 31, 2016, that appears to be affected by the disease, which is spread primarily through mosquito bites and can also be transmitted through sex. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Community Blood Center will start testing its blood supply for the Zika virus.

The FDA is recommending all blood donations be tested for the virus.

According to a press release, the CBC applied in June for use of the investigational new drug (IND) authorized by the FDA as a blood screening test for Zika.

Blood centers in Ohio will be required to start testing by no later than November 18th.

More than 2200 people around the U.S. have become infected with Zika … and that number is growing.

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