Florida Blood Banks Seek Donations Before Zika Hits State

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SARASOTA, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) —  A Florida blood bank is asking for blood donations before anyone in the state contracts the Zika virus locally.
All 79 cases of Zika reported in Florida so far stemmed from travel outside the U.S., including one case that was sexually transmitted.
Suncoast Blood Bank CEO Scott Bush tells the Herald Tribune that his facility has rejected about 5 percent of recent donors for exposure to Zika overseas.
Bush says any locally acquired Zika case would shut down blood collection for 30 days in the ZIP code where it’s reported. Blood banks elsewhere in Florida would have to provide

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