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The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) reported its fourth human case of
The infection was detected when a blood pool sample from a donor tested positive at a
The woman was not hospitalized and has since fully recovered. She has been contacted by the blood bank for follow-up testing, per recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Health officials stress that the woman did not contract
On July 1, 2003, New Jersey began screening donated blood for the presence of West Nile virus. Blood collection facilities are also adding screening questions to identifty and exclude people who exhibit fever and headache in the week prior to donation. At least 30 blood banks in the U.S. are capable of this testing, two of which serve New Jersey: the Amercian Red Cross/Penn Jersey Blood Bank in Philadelphia and New Jersey Blood Services in New Brunswick
Data regarding nationally confirmed cases and trends can be found at the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/.
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