MDA blood testing kits fail to detect syphilis

The Israeli Health Ministry announced that there was a malfunction with the blood testing kits’ ability to detect syphilis. Despite the fact that the chances of contracting the disease are low, all the blood donations will be tested again by new kits.
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Israel’s Heath Ministry announced today (Wednesday) that a malfunction was discovered in the syphilis testing kits that are used to examine blood donations. The ministry emphasized that although the chances of contracting the disease are very low, the Magen David Adom (MDA) blood bags that were donated during the relevant dates will be checked again by new kits.

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Health Ministry received a message from the company that manufactures the testing kits. The message informed the ministry that there has been a decrease in the kits’ ability to detect the disease.

According to the Health Ministry, the chances of contracting the disease are very low because of its sensitivity to the cold. However, there is a greater chance that patients who receive platelet transfusions could contract the disease because these donations are stored in room temperature.

Despite the slight chances, the Health Ministry announced that all the blood and platelet donations will be tested again by new kits.


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