Just gave platelets at the Oklahoma Blood Institute and asked them about the regulations on donating after visiting Belize. This is what they said. Per the Federal regulations (FDA) 6/29/05... You are deferred from giving blood products) for one year after traveling to Belize. The only exception is if you only visit Belize City. You are OK if you only visit the City, I guess the mosquitoes know not to come into the City. lol Just thought some would like to know.
I've been donating at LifeSource since I visited Belize in 2003 and they approved it. I give blood regularly, I tell them about all my trips and have not been deferred. I'm always on a cruise, or out of the country. They checked last year for my Italy trip because I stayed way out in the countryside for two weeks rather than in a city.
Some years back they were concerned about was Costa Rica because I was on a raft trip and physically in the river. We had to walk through this farmers dirt path, a field, then a gravel road to get to the bus. It was unusual circumstances because of heavy rains. They took my info, I went home they did some checking and called me to come back.
I have A - blood, not that rare but not common like O. Why they call me often I'm also CMV - which is critical for transplant patients, seriously ill people that they do not want to infect with the CMV virus (herpes, shingles, etc.)!
I'm a regular, more than 4 times a year! I do my homework on donating and so does LifeSource!
The American Red Cross will not accept blood donations from anyone visiting Belize and many countries considered "malaria" countries for a certain period of time after traveling. I'm surprised other donation corporations will, since they mostly seem to follow the lead of the Red Cross and the CDC recommendations.
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My daughter worked at LifeShare during med school and according to her each area has a medical director with some leeway in stringency. For instance my husband used to donate as often as permissible but after he began botox injections for a neurologic problem they wouldn't allow him to donate. The Texas branch however, would. It was a local discretion sorta thing. Now that botox is so popular for cosmetic use I wonder if they've revised their stance on that. He went in to be re-evaluated recently but was told once you've ever been rejected they will not review your case. Seems peculiar to me.
All I know is they showed me the regulations book and I read it for myself and I told you exactly what it said and when it was dated. I asked several people in the know at OBI and received the same answer. Anyway, I just it depends on who is checking, how truthful you are when asked if you have travel outside of the US and if they want to take the time to check. I always let them know because I don't want the person receiving my blood products to have anymore problems than what they are already dealing with. As with any business, the rules are only as good as the employees that follow them.