Notice to Travelers

Tropical Viruses

Thank you for coming in to donate today.

We are providing you with a list of self-assessments and ask you not to donate today if any of these Zika virus risk exposures apply to you.

If you have traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America, or islands in the Atlantic or Pacific in the past four weeks, we are asking you NOT to donate today. Please return to donate when at least four weeks have passed since your departure from these areas.

We are doing this for the following reasons:

  • Zika virus infection is spreading rapidly in the Western Hemisphere, outside the United States and Canada.
  • Zika virus infection is mild in most people, but there is concern that Zika is causing serious brain injury to infants whose mothers were infected during pregnancy. There has also been an increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a temporary but serious disorder causing paralysis.
  • Zika virus can be present in the blood of an infected person who has no symptoms of illness.
  • There is concern that Zika virus can be transmitted by blood.
  • There are reported cases of sexual transmission of Zika virus; the length of time that infectious Zika virus is present in semen remains unknown.
  • Travel to the Caribbean may put you at risk of chikungunya and dengue virus, which are transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.


Self-Assessment

If any of these apply to you, we are asking you NOT TO DONATE TODAY, but to consider donating again after you complete your four-week self-deferral.

  • Within the past four weeks, if you have traveled to or resided in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America, or islands in the Atlantic or Pacific, we ask you to return to make a blood donation more than four weeks after your departure from the identified areas.
  • If you have had a Zika virus infection, we ask you to return to make a blood donation more than four weeks after your symptoms resolve.
  • If you have had two or more of the symptoms listed here within two weeks of leaving an area that has active Zika virus transmissions, we ask you to return to make a blood donation more than four weeks after your symptoms resolve. The symptoms are:
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain/muscle pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • Headache
  • If you had sex with a man who, in the three months prior to your sexual contact, had a Zika virus infection or traveled to or resided in an area with active Zika virus transmissions, return to make your donation more than four weeks after the last sexual contact.