FINALLY! American Red Cross bans CFS patients from blood donation indefinitely

It’s about time!

“The American Red Cross announced Friday that it is barring people with chronic fatigue syndrome from donating blood to reduce the risk of transmitting a virus that has been associated with the disease.

The virus is known as xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus or XMRV. Some studies have found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome are more likely to carry the virus. But it remains far from clear whether the virus causes the disease.

Nevertheless, the Red Cross decided to bar people with the syndrome from donating “in the interest of patient and donor safety,” according to an announcement from the organization.”

Source: Red Cross bars chronic fatigue patients from donating blood

See also: American Red Cross Statement on XMRV and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Completely unrelated, but: Today I got an “official” diagnosis of ocular migraines. Thanks for that, Lyme disease. On the plus side, no consistent vasculitis in my eyes, and my vision is the same level of impaired that it’s been since I was.. wow, twelve! This is ironic, because in the waiting room I had trouble reading the paperwork, a recent development; how transient these symptoms can be!

a rainbow at night

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