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Western Province Blood Transfusion Service Statement regarding Ebola and the Safety of Blood Supply

The safety of blood recipients, donors and staff remains a top priority for the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS). The recent Ebola outbreaks may have a direct impact on blood safety and it is for this reason that individuals who have travelled to countries where Ebola is prevalent will be deferred from donating blood. As these areas are also considered at risk for Malaria, donors returning from these areas would be routinely deferred even in the absence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).