In February 2016, the Macao Blood Transfusion Service adopted two measures in response to the outbreak of the ZIKA epidemic in certain countries/regions. Firstly, blood donors who have lived in or visited those countries/regions affected by ZIKA epidemic in the previous 28 days were asked to temporarily defer from blood donations for 4 weeks after returning to Macao. Secondly, blood units have been tested for ZIKA virus RNA in order to provide blood /blood components tested negative for ZIKA virus RNA to pregnant patients who need blood/blood transfusion.
With the abatement of the ZIKA epidemic around the world, the Macao Blood Transfusion Service of the Macao Health Bureau has decided to cancel the first measure above asking for temporary deferral of blood donations. Macao blood donors who have returned from visits to other countries/regions are allowed to donate blood as long as they are feeling well and have gone through a physical examination by a doctor at Macao Blood Transfusion Service. The second measure to provide pregnant patients with blood /blood components tested negative for ZIKA virus RNA will be maintained.
Macao Blood Transfusion Service