Health Canada

All blood donations in the U.S. to be tested for Zika; Canadian Blood Services monitoring situation


Friday, August 26, 2016
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Statement
(OTTAWA) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today its recommendation that all donated blood in the United States and its territories be tested for the Zika virus. Previously, the FDA had recommended that blood be tested for Zika in areas where there is active spread of the virus

Blood donation waiting period for men who have sex with men reduced to one year


Monday, June 20, 2016
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News release
(OTTAWA) – Health Canada has approved Canadian Blood Services’ request to reduce the blood donation waiting period for men who have sex with men from five years to one year. The change will take effect across the country on Aug. 15. Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec, Québec’s blood operator,

New blood donation rules protect Canadian blood supply from Zika virus


Wednesday, February 03, 2016
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News release
New 21-day waiting period to be fully implemented by this Friday for donating blood after travel (OTTAWA, ON) – In response to the recent global outbreak of the Zika virus, Canadian Blood Services is confirming that anyone who has travelled outside of Canada, the continental United States and Europe

Changes to donor criteria planned due to Zika virus


Thursday, January 28, 2016
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Statement
As we continue to monitor the evolution of the Zika virus, we are revising our eligibility criteria for donors to mitigate the risk of the virus entering the Canadian blood supply. Canadian Blood Services will implement a new deferral period for blood, cord blood and stem cell donors who have
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