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ME/CFS SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC

Registered Charity 3104

Email:
sacfs@sacfs.asn.au

Mailing address:

PO Box 322,
Modbury North,
South Australia 5092

Phone:
1300 128 339

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday,
10am - 4pm
(phone)

ME/CFS South Australia Inc supports the needs of sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses. We do this by providing services and information to members.

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Unless otherwise stated, the views expressed on this Web site are not necessarily the official views of the Society or its Committee and are not simply an endorsement of products or services.

Blood donation: Australian policy update

Sunday 25 April 2010

Australian Red Cross Blood ServiceThe Australian Red Cross Blood Service has clarified its policy on people with ME/CFS donating blood:

Australian Red Cross Blood Service:
Frequently Asked Questions

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME - I HAVE/HAD CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME. CAN I DONATE?

Scientists have recently identified a possible link between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and a virus called XMRV. We would like to point out that at present there is no evidence that this virus causes disease. Despite the fact that this link has not been proven, the Blood Service is taking the precautionary measure of deferring donors who have ever had CFS from donating blood. This precaution has been taken to protect blood recipients until more is known about XMRV.

The new policy will be reviewed within 2 years in the expectation that further data will become available to allow a more definitive assessment of the link between XMRV and CFS.

The above originally appeared here.

A fuller report about blood donation and XMRV, including policies from other countries around the world, can be found in an earlier news item:

Blood donation, XMRV, and ME/CFS

 


 

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