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Compared to HIV and hepatitis C virus, the residual infectious risk of hepatitis B virus (HBV) posed by blood products is about 10 times higher. In addition to HBsAg testing, screening for anti-HBc was recommended by the German Advisory Committee Blood in March 2005. Prevalence of anti-HBc in German blood donors was investigated at five test sites located(More)
BACKGROUND Platelet concentrates (PCs) are the main focus regarding the residual risk of transfusion-transmitted bacterial infections. Rapid screening methods for bacterial detection in platelets have been optimized over the last decade, but their external evaluation represents a complicated process. We developed a new type of proficiency panel for(More)
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