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Nucleic acid test screening of blood donors for orthopoxviruses can potentially prevent dispersion of viral agents in case of bioterrorism.

Authors
  • Schmidt, Michael
  • Roth, W Kurt
  • Meyer, Hermann
  • Seifried, Erhard
  • Hourfar, Michael K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Transfusion
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2005
Volume
45
Issue
3
Pages
399–403
Identifiers
PMID: 15752158
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The RealArt Orthopox LC PCR kit enables reliable detection of OPV DNA in viremic blood donor samples, even at the beginning of the disease when patients present minor clinical symptoms, and could be implemented in our routine screening procedure immediately. Thus, the assay could potentially help to prevent dispersion of viral agents by blood transfusion in case of bioterrorism.

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