Associations between West Nile virus infection and symptoms reported by blood donors identified through nucleic acid test screening.

@article{Custer2009AssociationsBW,
  title={Associations between West Nile virus infection and symptoms reported by blood donors identified through nucleic acid test screening.},
  author={Brian Custer and Hany Kamel and Nancy E Kiely and Edward Laurence Murphy and Michael P. Busch},
  journal={Transfusion},
  year={2009},
  volume={49 2},
  pages={278-88}
}
BACKGROUND Blood collected in the United States and Canada is screened for West Nile virus (WNV) using nucleic acid testing (NAT). The role that donor-reported symptoms of infection disclosed at or shortly after donation may play in enhancing blood safety has been debated. Little data are available on subsequent manifestations of WNV-specific disease outcomes in viremic donors. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Donors with initially reactive NAT results were informed by telephone and asked to complete… CONTINUE READING