Dengue Fever: Blood collections suspended in Martin and St. Lucie counties because of dengue fever

Precautionary measure is temporary

ORLANDO, Fla. - OneBlood is temporarily suspending blood collection operations in Martin and St. Lucie counties after the Florida Department of Health reported dozen of cases of dengue fever in the two counties during the past several weeks

"Safety of the blood supply is our number one priority," said Dr. Rita Reik, Chief Medical Officer for Orlando-based OneBlood.  "We will resume blood collections in Martin and St. Lucie counties once it is determined the threat of Dengue Fever has been minimized."

Reid said that the blood center will remain in close contact with the Florida Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will be alerted should additional cases of Dengue Fever be reported. 

Blood collections in other areas served by the blood center will remain operational, said Susan Forbes, senior vice president of marketing and communications.

OneBlood provides blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients in 72 counties throughout Florida, southern Georgia and Alabama.

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