First transmission of Ross River virus infection by transfusion

The RRV transmission, which occurred last year, was tracked down after a blood donor belatedly told the Australian Red Cross Blood Service that they had developed fatigue and arthralgia two days after giving blood. The donor later tested positive for RRV.

A patient having regular blood transfusions due to myelodysplastic syndrome associated with chronic fatigue and joint pains had noticed her symptoms worsened after receiving the infected blood, officers from the blood service and the WA Department of Health wrote.

The case turns the theoretical threat of transfusion-transmissible RRV into reality, prompting the blood