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Physicians Find Donated Blood Safe, But Aging Population To Face Shortage

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February 11, 1999
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University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
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The risk of contracting a virus - including the virus that causes AIDS -- from donated blood in the United States has grown too small to measure and can only be estimated through mathematical techniques, disease specialists say. On the other hand, too few people donate blood regularly, they say, and the percentage of donors has dropped. With the growing U.S. population also aging, the nation will face an increasing need for transfusions over the next few decades. One likely result will be a serious blood shortage, and more units will need to be imported from abroad.

CHAPEL HILL - The risk of contracting a virus - including the virus that causes AIDS -- from donated blood in the United States has grown too small to measure and can only be estimated through mathematical techniques, disease specialists say.


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