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Cerus 31/01/2020

First annual haemovigilance activity report released after universal implementation of INTERCEPT in France

Pathogen inactivation of platelet concentrates (PC) with the INTERCEPTTM Blood System has been universally implemented in metropolitan France from November 2017 onwards. Previously INTERCEPT had been deployed since 2006 in Alsace and in the French overseas departments.

Guidelines 30/10/2019

FDA Publishes New Guidance Document on Mitigating Bacterial Contamination in Platelet Components

The FDA’s final guidance document on mitigating bacterial contamination in platelet components, released on September 30, 2019, formally recognises the risk of transfusion-transmitted bacterial infections and the need for additional safety measures to protect patients.

Cerus 23/10/2019

First confirmed infections from West Nile virus in Germany

The West Nile virus (WNV) is an enveloped RNA virus, well-known since 1937. Originally from Africa, it has now reached temperate climate zones. The virus mainly infects birds, but can also be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes – or by contaminated blood products!

Cerus 30/08/2019

Transfusion of a false negative NAT HIV-infected blood donation does not lead to transmission in platelet recipients

In France, since 2010, the risk of HIV transmission by transfusion is reduced by the use of individual NAT.

Despite this testing approach, a false negative test result was obtained from a 57-year-old male repeat donor in March 2017, using the ProcleixUltrio assay. A repository sample from that donation tested positive with the Cobas Taqman HIV-1 (limit of detection at 95%, 17 copies/mL).

Cerus 22/07/2019

ISBT Basel 2019 - Presentations

PresentationsCerus Satellite Symposium at ISBT Basel 2019

"Safeguarding the blood supply against (re)emerging pathogens. Balancing blood safety and economics"

Have you had the opportunity to join Cerus Satellite symposium on Tuesday June 25, 2019 at the ISBT in Basel? Regardless, we are pleased to share the presentations with you from the Cerus Symposium.