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TREASURE COAST -- OneBlood collections in Martin County remain halted as a precaution against Dengue Fever.
OneBlood resumed blood collections in St. Lucie County effective Sept. 23.
As a proactive and precautionary measure, OneBlood temporarily suspended blood collections in Martin and St. Lucie counties after multiple cases of Dengue Fever surfaced.
"Based on the findings from the Florida Department of Health, the recent cases of Dengue Fever appear to be confined to the Rio and Jensen Beach areas of Martin County", said Rita Reik, chief medical officer for OneBlood.
"Safety of the blood supply is our top priority. With the threat of Dengue Fever minimized in St. Lucie County the blood center has determined it is safe to resume blood collections in St. Lucie County. Blood collections in Martin County will remain temporarily suspended until further notice," Dr. Reik said.
OneBlood will remain in close contact with the Florida Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will be alerted should additional cases of Dengue Fever be reported.
The public should take comfort in knowing the local blood supply is safe and meets the highest possible standards mandated by the FDA.
The blood center urges people living in areas not impacted by Dengue Fever to please donate and help ensure safe and available blood for local hospitals and their patients.
For more information about donating blood and to find a donor center, visit www.oneblood.org.