Last Friday, the American Red Cross announced that it will not allow those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to donate blood . The reasoning was to lower the risk of tramsmitting the (XMRV) – the xenotropic murine leukemia virus. Even though studies have not clearly shown that XMRV is the cause of Chronic Fatigue, the Red Cross announced the barring of people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus that has been associated with some people with Chronic Fatigue.
The following is the announcement made by the American Red Cross
WASHINGTON, Friday, December 03, 2010 — At present, there are no specific federal recommendations regarding deferral of individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or other diseases that have been associated with Murine Leukemia Virus-related virus (XMRV) infection. Nevertheless, in the interest of patient and donor safety, the American Red Cross will defer indefinitely any donor who reveals during the donor interview that they have been diagnosed with CFS.
XMRV infection has been associated in some studies with prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, but at the present time these disease associations have yet to be confirmed.
To read the complete release go to http://tinyurl.com/2fy6xqp