The risk of transmission of Ebola virus via donated blood and other substances of human origin in the EU

Safety warnings | Blood & Tissue | 30/04/2014

The epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa in 2014 has increased the risk of Ebola virus transmissionvia donated blood and blood components, cells, tissues and organs(substances of human origin -SoHO).

There are no specific EU regulations or recommendations for the safetyof SoHO donated by:

  • patients who have recovered from EVD or
  • people exposedto Ebola virus or
  • people who have visited or residein EVD-affected areas.

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