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Complexity of risk for transfusion malaria and differentiated response to risk management

Bryan R Spencer and Louis M Katz
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (8): 484.
Published online: 18 October 2010

To the Editor: We read with interest the article by Seed and colleagues1 about the collection and distribution of blood from two donors diagnosed with Plasmodium vivax malaria following travel to Papua New Guinea (PNG). Although the potentially infectious blood components were recalled before transfusion, this case underscores the complexity of managing the risk of transfusion-transmitted malaria (TTM).

  • Bryan R Spencer1
  • Louis M Katz2

  • 1 New England Region, American Red Cross, Dedham, MA, United States.
  • 2 Medical Affairs, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Davenport, IA, United States.

Correspondence: spencerb@usa.redcross.org

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