Health officials said a streamlined and uniform blood-collection and testing system will be in place in Shanghai by 2010. The system will enable blood-collection centers in rural areas to send samples to a central laboratory, where they will be screened for AIDS, hepatitis and other infectious diseases. Each unit of donated blood will be labeled and tracked using a bar-code system. The system will improve the accuracy of blood tests, an official at the Shanghai Blood Center said.

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