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Blood donation: Australian policy update
Sunday 25 April 2010
Australian Red Cross Blood Service:
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:
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