New blood test helps identify babesiosis in donated blood

11/9/2012 | InfectionControlToday.com

Initial findings from studies of Imugen's experimental blood tests to screen blood donors for babesiosis were presented at this year's AABB Annual Meeting. At the time of the meeting, about 20,000 blood donors had been tested for the disease using a new serologic test method and nucleic acid tests. The testing identified 69 units of blood that were potentially tainted with the disease and were removed from the blood supply. The studies are set to be completed early next year.

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