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Clin Microbiol Rev. 2005 Jan;18(1):195-204.

Bacterial contamination of blood components.

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  • 1Transfusion Medicine Service, CB 7600, University of North Carolina Hospitals, 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, USA. Brecher@med.unc.edu

Abstract

Blood for transfusion is a potential source of infection by a variety of known and unknown transmissible agents. Over the last 20 years, astounding reductions in the risk of viral infection via allogeneic blood have been achieved. As a result of this success, bacterial contamination of blood products has emerged as the greatest residual source of transfusion-transmitted disease. This paper summarizes the current status of detection, prevention, and elimination of bacteria in blood products for transfusion.

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PMC544173
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