Friday, December 23, 2005

Of course, this is a good idea.
The FDA has approved the first West Nile Virus blood test to screen donors of blood, organs, cells, and tissues.

“This new test will help protect patients who receive blood and other such products against West Nile infection,” states the FDA in a news release. The test checks for viral genetic material.

To date, there have been 30 documented cases of people who most likely acquired West Nile virus from a blood transfusion, including nine who died.