Screening for babesia in donated blood
The Vineyard Gazette, Jan. 21, 2016
by Alex Elvin
With tick-borne illness on the rise, federal and state health agencies are turning their attention to babesiosis, a lesser known but potentially life-threatening disease carried by deer ticks that is transmissible through blood transfusions.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross, which handles most of the blood supply for Massachusetts, began screening its blood samples for babesia some time ago. It also has been sharing data from the program with the federal Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to require the screening of all blood samples in certain areas of the country. READ MORE.