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Blood donations now being screened for Zika

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Zika virus concerns continue across the U.S.

The FDA is issuing guidelines for blood centers like one in the Quad Cities.

All donations must be screened for the Zika virus.

In Davenport, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) has been preparing for several weeks.

They are now testing with newly installed equipment as part of the process.

"If we look at the the blood supply in making sure that blood supply is as safe as it possibly can be the food and drug administration made the mandate we would have to do individual donor testing uh for Zika virus," said Mike Parejko, CEO of MVRBC.

The new screenings will be done in an effort to reduce the risk of transmission of the Zika virus.

Florida has seen local cases of the virus this year, but most people affected in the U.S. were infected while in other countries.

Zika is mostly spread by mosquitoes and can cause serious birth defects.

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