Salmonella sepsis caused by a platelet transfusion from a donor with a pet snake.

Jafari M, Forsberg J, Gilcher RO, et al.
N Engl J Med 2002;347(14):1075-1078.
NATA Rating :
Review by : Kretschmer V*; Contreras M****
NATA Review
This article is interesting but the authors’ conclusion fails to satisfy. Both the donor and his daughter suffered from diarrhea 2 to 3 weeks before donation and were successfully treated with antibiotics. Blood donation was thus unacceptable. One should conclude that donors having suffered from unclear diarrhea for 3 to 4 weeks (not donors having reptiles) should be excluded.

– V. Kretschmer

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