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Recent News Articles

August 1, 2017

By Meaghan Flores

There is a possibility that the Zika virus could be more widespread in Africa than previously thought, a major concern to researchers around the world because of the potential for another outbreak.

The 2015 Zika outbreak emerged in Brazil, but knowledge of the virus dates back the 1940s, when it was first discovered in Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Since then the disease has spread across the world. By February 2016, the virus had spread rapidly across the Americas, with more than 20 countries reporting local transmission.

Zika has proven to be more complex than originally thought, as some of the trends and abnormalities seen in the outbreak of the virus in the Americas have not been the same as in Africa. This could be because there are two separate linkages of the virus, one originating in Africa and the other in Asia, or because health care systems in Africa are poor and aren’t detecting the virus well.

Whataburger thanks area donors for saving lives, helping South Texas avoid summer blood shortages being reported across country
July 11, 2017

Locally based Whataburger has teamed up with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) for “WhataMonth,” a July-long “thank you” to blood donors.

All STBTC donors will receive a coupon for a free Whataburger for helping patients in area hospitals during the summer, traditionally the slowest time of year for blood collections.

WhataMonth was created to help prevent critical blood shortages in South Texas similar to those being reported across the United States. Although the need for blood continues, blood centers report dramatic drops in collections during June, July and August, when there are no school drives and regular donors are on vacation. The American Red Cross last week reported national shortages totalling tens of thousands of units so far this summer. 

Thanking blood donors for saving lives
June 14, 2017

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, designed to bring awareness of the need for safe blood products and to thank donors.

This year, Whataburger and Bill Miller Bar–B-Q are teaming up with The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) for World Blood Donor Week, which will be June 14-20. All STBTC blood donors who schedule an appointment through Eventbrite and show the email confirmation during their donation will receive a Whataburger or Bill Miller Bar–B-Q $10 gift card, while supplies last. Donors can make an appointment by going to SouthTexasBlood.org/BloodDonorWeek.

Each summer, community blood supplies drop across the nation as high school students and frequent donors go on vacation.

June 2, 2017

On May 20, families gathered outside the Donor Pavilion to remember those who they have loved and lost.

Ceremonies to launch the BioBridge Global Memorial Garden included both staff and families who prepared memorial stones for the departed, as well as a ceremonial watering and the unveiling of a memorial bench.

Coordinated by Susan Smith, the BBG Memorial Garden is a memorial to those who have died and a place for the grieving to find comfort. It is adjacent to the Donor Pavilion, open to the public, and the anyone is welcome to add memorials to their loved ones.

The dedication began with individuals sharing their late loved ones’ stories, prompting hugs between strangers and establishing a connection among the group.

The families then wrote messages to their loved ones on rocks to be placed in the garden. While some featured Bible verses and others were adorned with drawings, they all showcased extensive love for those they commemorated.

May 9, 2017

Recent research about tests for the Zika virus have shown an active infection is harder to detect than originally thought.

As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new health advisory for women of childbearing age.

The CDC is suggesting that women who may be exposed to the virus because of where they live or where they travel should consider getting a blood test for the Zika antibodies before they get pregnant.

A baseline reading could help with the interpretation of a Zika test during a pregnancy.

The CDC also suggested that pregnant women who may be infected, even if they do not have any symptoms, should be tested at least twice during pregnancy.

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