Cheaper dengue prevention needed

Using blood samples from the Queensland outbreak of 2008–09, researchers calculated the risk of a dengue-infectious blood donation at one in 7146. Australia does not have an approved blood screening test for dengue. The dengue management strategy identifies potentially exposed donors and temporarily excluding them from donating.

Australian Red Cross Blood Service researchers said the strategy put strain on the inventory available at a cost of more than $1 million. Given the risk its continuation during outbreaks was warranted but alternative strategies may be needed in