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Domanovic D.,U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention | Kitchen A.,NHS Blood and Transplant | Politis C.,Hellenic Coordinating Haemovigilance Center | Bluemel J.,Paul Ehrlich Institute | And 6 more authors.
Transfusion Medicine | Year: 2016

An outbreak of locally acquired Plasmodium vivax malaria in Greece started in 2009 and peaked in 2011. Targeting of blood safety measures to affected areas with ongoing transmission of malaria raised questions of how to define spatial boundaries of such an area and when to trigger any specific blood safety measures, including whether and which blood donation screening strategy to apply. To provide scientific advice the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) organised expert meetings in 2013. The outcomes of these consultations are expert opinions covering spatial targeting of blood safety measures to affected areas with ongoing local transmission of malaria and blood donation screening strategy for evidence of malaria infection in these areas. Opinions could help EU national blood safety authorities in developing a preventive strategy during malaria outbreaks. © 2016 British Blood Transfusion Society


PubMed | National Institute of Health, Specialists in Tropical Medicine., U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Paul Ehrlich Institute and 4 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Transfusion medicine (Oxford, England) | Year: 2016

An outbreak of locally acquired Plasmodium vivax malaria in Greece started in 2009 and peaked in 2011. Targeting of blood safety measures to affected areas with ongoing transmission of malaria raised questions of how to define spatial boundaries of such an area and when to trigger any specific blood safety measures, including whether and which blood donation screening strategy to apply. To provide scientific advice the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) organised expert meetings in 2013. The outcomes of these consultations are expert opinions covering spatial targeting of blood safety measures to affected areas with ongoing local transmission of malaria and blood donation screening strategy for evidence of malaria infection in these areas. Opinions could help EU national blood safety authorities in developing a preventive strategy during malaria outbreaks.

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