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806-358-4563

7500 Wallace Blvd.
Amarillo, TX 79124

(west of Joe Taco)

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Zika Virus Overview

Zika virus infection is spreading rapidly in the Western Hemisphere, outside the Continental United States and Canada.  Zika virus can be present in the blood of an infected person who has no symptoms of illness, and there is concern that Zika virus can be transmitted by blood.

GIVEN THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ZIKA VIRUS, WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT DONATE IF:

In the past 4 weeks you have had sexual contact with a man who has:

Please call 806-358-4563 if you have a history of recent travel to or residence in an area with active Zika transmission and either of the following occur after your donation:

  • You are diagnosed with Zika virus infection
  • You develop symptoms suggestive of Zika virus infection within 2 weeks following donation

ABOUT ZIKA VIRUS

The Zika virus infection is mild in most people, but there is concern that Zika virus is causing serious brain injury to infants whose mothers have been infected during pregnancy and an increase in cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a temporary but serious disorder causing paralysis.

About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika). The illness is usually mild, with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. The incubation period (i.e., the time from exposure to when symptoms manifest) for Zika is unknown, but is likely a few days to a week. Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week, but it can be found longer in some people.

SYMPTOMS

The most common symptoms of Zika are:

  • fever
  • rash
  • joint pain
  • conjunctivitis

Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.