Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, November 19th, 2006
"Whether human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) is transmissible by blood transfusion remains undetermined. We evaluated the risk of HHV-8 transmission by blood transfusion in Uganda, where HHV-8 is endemic. We enrolled patients in Kampala, Uganda, who had received blood transfusions between December 2000 and October 2001. Pre-transfusion and multiple post-transfusion blood specimens from up to nine visits over a six-month period were tested for HHV-8 antibody," scientists in the United States report.
"We calculated the excess risk of seroconversion over time among recipients of HHV-8-seropositive...
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