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2015: West Nile Virus Program Overview

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Program Description

This session will discuss the requirements of the FDA Guidance for Industry Assessing Donor Suitability and Blood Product Safety in Cases of Known or Suspected West Nile Virus Infection. It will also provide an overview of historical WNV data from 2011-2014, the AABB requirements for WNV testing, and outline the seasonal testing strategy and sample management that has been developed based on the above information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the FDA Guidance and AABB requirements regarding NAT testing for WNV
  • Understand how historical West Nile Virus data plays a role in determining testing strategy
  • State the 2015 seasonal testing strategy
  • State the communication plan for reactive results
  • State sample management procedures during the monitoring season

Level of Instruction

  • basic

Speaker Credentials

Joan Dunn Williams, MT(ASCP); CHS(ABHI)

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  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • MacOS X 10.4 or later
  • Linux 2.6 with KDE or Gnome

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  • Firefox 2 or later
  • Safari 3 or later
  • Opera 9 or later

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