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Tick borne diseases in the context of blood safety

Ryszard Pogłód, Aleksandra Rosiek, Edward Siński, Magdalena Łętowska
Journal of Transfusion Medicine 2011;4(1):4-22.

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Vol 4, No 1 (2011)
EDITORIAL
Published online: 2011-04-20

Abstract

A significant increase in the Lyme disease (BL) incidence in our country and the possibility of BL and other tick borne diseases (TBDs) transmission with blood has raised concern about the safety of blood and its components. They cover both the qualification for blood donation after a tick bite and after any TBD. The risk of any TBD transmission with blood is varied. The rules regulating blood donations in Poland apply only to donors with some TBDs. Our paper presents the current state of knowledge mainly on BL and, to a lesser extent, on three other TBDs i.e. babesiosis, anaplasmosis as well as tick-borne encephalitis, not only in terms of transmission risk with blood but also in a broader context of diagnosis and clinical disease course. The importance of multispecies infections (coinfections) is also taken into account. There is the need to maintain a balance between excessively restrictive approach that eliminates blood donors and consideration of the real risk of disease transmission with blood.
J. Transf. Med. 2011; 1: 4–22

Abstract

A significant increase in the Lyme disease (BL) incidence in our country and the possibility of BL and other tick borne diseases (TBDs) transmission with blood has raised concern about the safety of blood and its components. They cover both the qualification for blood donation after a tick bite and after any TBD. The risk of any TBD transmission with blood is varied. The rules regulating blood donations in Poland apply only to donors with some TBDs. Our paper presents the current state of knowledge mainly on BL and, to a lesser extent, on three other TBDs i.e. babesiosis, anaplasmosis as well as tick-borne encephalitis, not only in terms of transmission risk with blood but also in a broader context of diagnosis and clinical disease course. The importance of multispecies infections (coinfections) is also taken into account. There is the need to maintain a balance between excessively restrictive approach that eliminates blood donors and consideration of the real risk of disease transmission with blood.
J. Transf. Med. 2011; 1: 4–22
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Keywords

tick borne diseases; Lyme disease; babesiosis; anaplasmosis; tick borne encephalitis; multispecies infections (coinfections)

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Title

Tick borne diseases in the context of blood safety

Journal

Journal of Transfusion Medicine

Issue

Vol 4, No 1 (2011)

Pages

4-22

Published online

2011-04-20

Bibliographic record

Journal of Transfusion Medicine 2011;4(1):4-22.

Keywords

tick borne diseases
Lyme disease
babesiosis
anaplasmosis
tick borne encephalitis
multispecies infections (coinfections)

Authors

Ryszard Pogłód
Aleksandra Rosiek
Edward Siński
Magdalena Łętowska

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