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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
DNA Test for Hep B May Find Infections in Donor Blood
Published: January 19, 2011
Nucleic acid testing for hepatitis B virus (HBV) in blood donors may catch potential infection during transfusion, researchers said.
The screen picked up nine cases of the virus in a sample of 3.7 million donors -- more than triple the expected infection rate in this population, Susan Stramer, PhD, of the American Red Cross in Rockville, Md., and colleagues reported in the Jan. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.