Posted: February 4, 2016
Updated: May 12, 2016
The Zika Virus continues to be of great concern to those pregnant or trying to conceive, and individuals traveling outside of the United States. Xytex continues to stay abreast with areas who have reported active Zika Virus transmission to ensure we follow the precautionary and travel recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At Xytex we continue to take every precaution to ensure our clients receive the best quality gametes. In doing so, we ask that donors review the most current list of affected countries and territories provided by the CDC before each visit, and we also prescreen donors upon arrival. We request that donors notify our team if they have traveled outside of the United States and visited one of the affected countries or territories in the past 6 months, currently noted by the CDC. If a donor has indeed visited one of the regions with active Zika Virus transmission, he is unable to donate for 6 months, as recommended by the CDC.
For an up-to-date list of countries and territories with active Zika Virus transmission, visit the CDC website – https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information. For more information on our current screening process, call 800.277.3210.
Xytex’s Response to the Zika Virus
Posted February 4, 2016
You have heard it all over the news, but you think it doesn’t affect you. Think again. If you have been traveling to certain areas of the world – many of them popular vacation destinations – you should read on.
“Donors who have traveled to a country or territory designated by the CDC as an area of active Zika virus transmission within the prior 28 days will not be allowed to donate. This procedure is in line with that being followed by the American Red Cross for blood donors.”
J. Todd Spradlin, M.D., Chief Medical Director for Xytex
At Xytex, we are taking every precaution to ensure our clients get the best quality human gametes. For this reason, we are following the recommendations of the American Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control in regards to the Zika virus. Please review the list of countries with active Zika outbreaks at the end of this article if you have traveled outside the United States in the last month.
What is the Zika Virus?
The Zika virus is a mild illness spread through a mosquito bite. It can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis lasting from just a few days to a week. Not too bad for a grown adult. Cases requiring hospitalization are not a common occurrence.
There have also been recent reports of the virus being spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact. Only 1 in 5 people who contract the Zika virus will get sick. For this reason, it is important to follow a few precautions. All precaution and travel recommendations are directly from the CDC.
• Avoid mosquito bites
• Mosquitoes that spread Zika are daytime biters, take extra precautions to avoid daytime mosquito bites
When traveling to areas with Zika:
• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
• Stay indoors where there is air conditioning or screens on windows
• Sleep under mosquito netting if you cannot be indoors
• Use EPA-registered insect repellents (if using sunscreen apply that first, then bug spray)
• Cover cribs, strollers, and baby carriers with mosquito netting
• Treat clothing and gear with permethrin
Despite precautions, if you still become infected with the Zika virus it remains present in your blood for the next week. Avoid mosquito bites to limit the number of mosquitoes carrying the virus around. If they bite you during this period and then bite someone else, they may spread the disease further.
There have also been links to the spread of Zika virus through sexual contact. It is best to avoid sexual contact for 30 days if you have traveled to a Zika infected area.
Zika and Pregnancy
Women infected with the Zika virus while pregnant can pass the virus to their unborn baby. The virus has been shown to cause microcephaly in unborn babies and these pregnancies have had poor outcomes.
Microcephaly is a birth defect in which the baby’s head is smaller than normal. This also causes the baby’s brain to be smaller and not develop properly. Babies with microcephaly can have seizures, developmental delay, intellectual disability, problems with movement and balance, difficulty swallowing, hearing loss, and vision problems. Sometimes complications from microcephaly are fatal.
According to the CDC, women who are pregnant, think they may become pregnant, or are trying to conceive should avoid travel to Zika infected areas.
Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. In 2015, an outbreak of Zika spread across Brazil. Since then, there have been reported outbreaks in many countries including Barbados, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Martin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A complete list and area map of locations with active Zika outbreaks are listed below.
• Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, US territory
• Costa Rica
• Dominican Republic
• El Salvador
• French Guiana
• Saint Martin
• U.S. Virgin Islands
• American Samoa
• Cape Verde
Take extra precautions when traveling to Zika infected areas, take necessary precautions when you return, and do all you can to avoid mosquito bites. We will keep you posted on new developments and information as it becomes available.
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We use your personally identifiable information for a variety of business purposes, including to provide information or services you request, to communicate with you about them, to do all things necessary to administer the Site and our services, and manage, protect and improve them.
We are not responsible for the information you volunteer about yourself or choose to make public in discussions in our forums or other interactions through the Site that are accessible to other users.
We collect a variety of information from donors, including personal information, such as name and contact information, that can be used to identify or contact a donor. While we do not intentionally release personally identifying information of donors without their consent, it is possible that certain information like hair color, eye color, race, ethnic origin, height, weight, baby picture, medical history and other information you submit to us for inclusion in a donor profile (“Donor Information”) could result in persons familiar with you recognizing you.
We use information gathered through these tools to improve the way our Site works, for example by employing third-party analytics tools which aggregate anonymized user information to help us better design our Site, and to enhance the functionality of our Site, for example by remembering preferences or other choices that you make, such as user names and the like. By allowing us to understand how you use our Site over time, these tools can help us provide you with a better, more relevant online experience.
Unless your browser settings are configured to make your online activities and publicly available information about your online activities (such as traffic data described above under #3) invisible to usage analytics tools, we do not presently have the capability to omit you from our analytics to the extent your browser only sends us a “do not track” message and does not otherwise screen you from tracking without action on our part. While we, or vendors on our behalf, may track the websites you visited before and after our website as part of the traffic data described above for our internal business purposes, we do not authorize other third parties (e.g., advertisers) to do so, but it is nonetheless possible that third parties may do so for their own purposes with respect to which we may have no knowledge or control.
We share Donor Information with users as described on the Site. We may use third parties to help operate our Site, deliver and improve our services through the Site, and develop our offerings, and we may share information we have about you with such third parties for such purposes. These third parties are not authorized by us to use any of your personally identifiable information except as needed for such purposes.
We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in connection with a sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of assets, reorganization or liquidation of our business.
We reserve the right to disclose any information as needed if that information is requested by law enforcement agencies or if we are required to do so by applicable law. Users should also be aware that courts of equity, such as U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, might have the authority under certain circumstances to permit personally identifiable information to be shared or transferred to third parties without permission.
Xytex is based in the United States of America. Any personally identifiable information you provide may be stored and maintained in our databases in the United States or transferred to our databases outside the United States. By providing us with your information, you consent to this transfer.
If you receive a newsletter or similar promotional email from us, you will be given the option to “unsubscribe” from receiving further emails from us. Your election not to receive promotional and marketing materials will not preclude us from corresponding with you, by email or otherwise, regarding your existing or past business relationships with us (e.g., any purchase of our products), or to respond to requests for information you pose to us, and will not preclude us from accessing and viewing your personally identifiable information in maintaining and improving our Service.
This Site is not intended for, or designed to attract, minors under the age of 18 or the applicable age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence (if higher than 18). In particular, no children under the age of 13 should provide any personally identifiable information to us, and we do not knowingly collect such information from such persons. If we learn that we have collected the personally identifiable information of such a person we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible. Children under the age of majority in any non-U.S. jurisdiction should not provide any personally identifiable information without their parent’s consent.
Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, residents of California have the right to request from a business, with whom the California resident has an established business relationship, what types of personal information the business shares with third parties for direct marketing purposes by such third party and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information in the immediate preceding calendar year. To access this information, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail at 1100 Emmett Street, Augusta, Georgia 30904, Attn: CA Privacy Request.
Thank you for registering a clinic account on Xytex. Your information has been recorded and our administration will review your information and respond as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.