The San Diego Blood Bank will begin testing all of their blood products for the Zika virus, the organization announced Wednesday.
The Blood Bank is the primary supplier of blood to the majority of hospitals in San Diego County.
They will begin the mandatory testing on Thursday and will be in compliance with directives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“This is positive news for the community, our donors and the Blood Bank,” commented David Wellis, CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank, in a statement. “Safety is our utmost concern.”
To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in good general health.