It is our mission at Carter BloodCare to keep the community safe and informed. With the recent cases of the Ebola virus in Dallas, we feel compelled to let our donors, volunteers and community understand the situation. We have worked to answer any questions you may have regarding the virus.
- It is absolutely safe to donate blood. Donors are not at risk of contracting the Ebola virus through the donation process.
- Ebola is only transmitted through direct contact with body fluids of infected persons who are severely ill. Ebola is not spread by healthy people or people without symptoms.
- Individuals with Ebola are only infectious when they are displaying symptoms.
- Transmission of the Ebola virus by blood transfusion has never been seen.
- All donors are asked if they are feeling well and healthy at the time of donation. Any who answer “no” are deferred from donating that day.
- In the blood donation mini-physical, we screen donors’ temperature. Anyone with a temperature over 99.5F may not donate blood.
- Blood donors who may have traveled to the areas of Africa that are affected by Ebola, are already deferred from donating blood for at least one year due to their potential exposure to malaria in all of the affected West African countries.
- As of October 10, 2014, if public health authorities have told you that you may have been exposed to a patient with Ebola virus disease, you may not donate blood for 28 days following your last contact with the infected person.
- Carter BloodCare staff has not treated patients currently infected with Ebola. They have not had direct contact with any currently infected Ebola patients or Ebola-containing blood or other body fluids.
- The FDA regulates the blood donation process in the United States. They would notify blood centers if any changes needed to be made regarding the current criteria for donor qualification.
- If we are notified by the FDA to make any changes, we will adopt them promptly.
There is no proven treatment available for the Ebola virus; however, the use of blood plasma, collected from people who have recovered from the disease, may be an effective treatment.
- Blood plasma in previously infected and now recovered people contains antibodies that may be successful in fighting off the disease. These antibodies, when transfused into a currently infected patient, may help fight the virus in that patient.
- The safety and efficacy of treating Ebola patients with the blood plasma from a previously infected person are unproven but have been effective in treating other infections.
Carter BloodCare has a responsibility to save lives in the community through blood donations. Donating blood is a safe process, and people should not be deterred from giving or receiving blood.
Self Deferral Notice – Ebola