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Malaria and Blood Transfusions

Mon Nov 23 10:46:54 EST 1998

Malaria can indeed be transmitted by transfusion of packed red blood 
cells, but is an uncommon event.  Donor screening for recent history 
of travel to malaria endemic regions weeds out people who may have 
been infected.  Malaria does not cause asymptomatic infection, so 
infected individuals are usually sick and are not donor candidiates.  
The use of quinine and its derivatives is a cause for deferring blood 
donations for at least 6 months, since these drugs can result in the 
inhibition of replication of the parasite, but not its death.

Jay Mone'

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