LYME & BABESIOSIS:
Blood Donation Centers:
American Red Cross:
"Lyme disease - If this is a chronic condition you cannot donate. If you
were treated with antibiotics and completely recovered, you can donate 12
months after the last dose of antiobiotics was taken."
"Those who have had infections with Chagas Disease or Babesiosis are not
eligible to donate."
[LYMEINFO NOTE 2009: Their new website no longer contains the first part
of this statement.]
UCSF Blood Center
- "Permanent Deferrals -
The following conditions would permanently disqualify an individual as an
allogenic or designated blood donor...Brucellosis/Babesiosis...Lyme
Disease" [LYMEINFO NOTE 2009: Their new website no longer contains this
NY Blood Center (pdf file)
"Lyme Disease - 1)If no signs of symptoms: Defer until treatment is
completed. 2) If signs or symptoms: Defer for six months whether or
not treatment was received".
Tick-Borne Disease Transmission by Blood Donation Prevalent in Endemic
"In a study presented here at the Infectious Diseases Society of America
43rd annual meeting, Megan Nguyen, BS, from the American Red Cross in
Rockville, Maryland, presented data from a six-year study that showed the
prevalence of B microti transmission via blood transfusion in areas where
the tick is commonly found."
Transfusion-transmitted tick-borne infections: a cornucopia of
"Despite the present unavailability of screening assays, some form of
serologic and nucleic acid testing may be justified for the Babesia. Given
that interactions between humans and ticks are likely to increase in the
future, vigilance is required as new and extant tick-borne agents pose
potential threats to transfusion safety."
Risk and prevention of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis and other
"The risk of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis is higher than usually
appreciated and in endemic areas represents a major threat to the blood
Tick-borne diseases in transfusion medicine
"The transmission of tick-borne pathogens via blood transfusion is of
CDC- Blood Safety and Tick-Borne Illnesses
"At least 21 reported cases of babesiosis, mostly caused by Babesia
microti but also by the more recently recognized WA1-type Babesia
parasite, have been transmitted by transfusion of blood from asymptomatic
infected blood donors."
Transfer of Borrelia burgdorferi s.s. infection via blood transfusion in
a murine model.
- "Our results indicate that it is possible to acquire B. burgdoferi
infection via transfused blood in a mouse model of Lyme borreliosis."
Emerging infectious diseases that threaten the blood supply.
- "Many agents have fulfilled the broad definition of emerging
blood-transmitted infections, including West Nile virus (WNV),
Trypanosoma cruzi, Plasmodium spp., Babesia spp., parvovirus B19, dengue
virus, and the prions that cause variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease
(vCJD). Other agents such as human herpes virus-8 (HHV-8-Kaposi's
sarcoma virus) and Borellia (Lyme disease) and, perhaps, avian flu
virus, are known to have a viremic phase, but have not yet been proved
to be transfusion-transmitted."
Transfusion-Associated Babesiosis after Heart Transplant
"Our experiences with this patient suggest that babesiosis should be
considered in the differential diagnosis of transplant patients who have
fever and hemolytic anemia."
Babesiosis acquired through blood transfusion, California, USA
"Babesiosis was reported in a California resident who received a
transfusion of blood products collected in the disease-endemic
northeastern region of the United States. Babesiosis should be
considered year-round in the diagnosis of febrile and afebrile patients
with abnormal blood cell counts who have received blood products from
Babesiosis and blood transfusion: flying under the radar
"Despite the obvious public health issues posed by Babesia spp., options
for preventing their transmission by blood transfusion remain limited.
However, recognition that the Babesia spp. are indeed an ongoing and
expanding blood safety threat will probably prove instrumental in the
development of viable interventions to limit transmission of these
Emergence of lyme arthritis after autologous chondrocyte
"The possibility of a dormant borrelial infection should be considered in
patients who undergo repair of cartilage defects with autologous
Survival of Borrelia burgdorferi in blood products
"The results of this study do not exclude the possibility of transmission
of Lyme disease through blood transfusion."
Prevalence of Erythema migrans Borreliosis in blood donors
"Though further research is required to document a transfusion-transmitted
Borrelia infection, infected persons should be treated to avoid serious or
Survival of Borrelia burgdorferi in human blood stored under blood banking
"It is concluded that B. burgdorferi may survive storage under blood
banking conditions and that transfusion-related Lyme disease is
burgdorferi: survival in experimentally infected human blood processed for
"However, the possibility of survival of B. burgdorferi under blood
banking conditions warrants a heightened awareness of this potential
Current concepts on the transmission of bacteria and parasites by blood
"This review deals with the main bacterial (Syphilis, Lyme disease, Gram
positive and Gram negative agents), parasite (Chagas disease, malaria,
leishmaniasis, toxoplasmosis and babesiosis) and rickettsial diseases that
are carried by blood products."
Babesiosis in a renal transplant recipient acquired through blood
"Transplant patients may contract babesiosis after tick exposure and/or
via blood transfusion. The diagnosis of babesiosis may be confused with
malaria and should be included in the differential diagnosis of
posttransplant hemolytic-uremic syndrome in organ transplant patients."
Retrospective study of a borreliosis infected blood donor
"In a follow-up of 14 recipients of blood products donated by such a
donor, no clinical signs or serologic evidence of a
transfusion-transmitted borreliosis could be demonstrated."
Seroprevalence of Rickettsia spp. infection among tick-bitten patients
and blood donors in Sweden.
"The study shows that infection with Rickettsia spp. as well as
coinfection with Lyme borreliosis needs to be considered in the
diagnosis of tick-transmitted infections in Sweden."
Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in Hamburg blood
"Introduction of B. burgdorferi antibody screening is not regarded an
effective means to prevent transfusion-transmitted Lyme disease."
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