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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146-151

Transfusion-transmitted infections: Existing and emerging pathogens

Department of Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, India

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Paramjit Kaur
Department of Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh
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In general, the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections has been greatly reduced today. However, blood-borne bacterial and parasitic infections and emerging infections transmitted through transfusion are an area of increasing concern. Implementation of stringent donor eligibility criteria, improved donor screening and more sophisticated as well as sensitive methods of antibody, antigen and viral genome detection, have virtually eliminated transfusion transmitted infection in developed countries. In developing countries like India, the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections is still considerable. A comprehensive MEDLINE search and review of relevant transfusion medicine literature were carried out and the data extracted and studied with particular reference to emerging pathogens transmitted through blood transfusion and posing a huge threat.


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2004 - Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Official Publication of the Staff Society of the Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India
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