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Old Jan 3, 18, 10:23 am
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1-Year Hiatus After Kruger National Park Visit?

Hi,

Just donated another pint on 12/29.

I'm heading to South Africa this spring and was told that Kruger National Park is on the list that will prevent me from donating for a year, That means one more pint before I leave and then a hiatus.

Bummed about the waiting period, Is it just American Red Cross that has that restriction or is that pretty universal, even though I will be taking the recommended anti-malarials?
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Old Jan 5, 18, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by Mileage Lover View Post
Hi,

Just donated another pint on 12/29.

I'm heading to South Africa this spring and was told that Kruger National Park is on the list that will prevent me from donating for a year, That means one more pint before I leave and then a hiatus.

Bummed about the waiting period, Is it just American Red Cross that has that restriction or is that pretty universal, even though I will be taking the recommended anti-malarials?
It’s pretty common to restrict those who have been exposed to mosquitoes carrying the Plasmodium malaria parasites, particularly the P. falciparum variety, from donating blood for a period of time. It’s not the antimalarials, it’s the risk of transmitting the blood borne malaria parasite - which can essentially have a dormant stage and be asymptomatic for periods of time. And very few donation centers have the ability to screen for plasmodia.


Plasmodium life cycle (US CDC)
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Old Jan 16, 18, 8:55 am
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I'm not allowed to donate, so many thanks to those of you who do. Wish I could join you. Keep up the good work!
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Old Jan 31, 18, 11:12 am
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Blood Drive this Week in NYC

hi folks - if anyone has time this week, my organization is hosting a blood drive this week at Grand Central... stop on by!

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Old May 16, 18, 10:55 am
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Nice gift for my 31st whole blood donation





Souvenir for blood donor in Hong Kong (circa 2018 May)
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