The people at the blood bank don’t want you to worry about a thing, when it comes to Ebola. Tara Matheson, donor relations manager at the Central Illinois Community Blood Center in Springfield, says you have to exchange bodily fluids with somebody who has Ebola to get Ebola. And people who have traveled to West African nations are already excluded from donating, anyway.
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“We do 14 tests on every single unit of blood,” says Matheson, “14 different tests the FDA requires.” That would respond to the possibility of somebody, for whatever reason, lying about where they’ve been or whether they’ve put themselves at risk. Matheson encourages people who have been donating to keep doing so and those who have not been donating to start.