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February 15, 2005

Albany- More of you may now be able to donate blood. The American Red Cross is easing some old restrictions. Previously the threat of Mad Cow disease caused the organization to turn away any donor who spent any extended time in Europe.

 Starting next week, the Red Cross will change that rule and open the door for thousands of new donors. "We are still in an urgent situation where we need folks coming in on a regular basis to donate and that large population of military people that are good donating citizens, allowing them to come back and donate is gonna help with our blood shortage tremendously," says American Red Cross representative Robbin Miller.

Previously deferred donors still must meet pre-donation criteria. Those donors must call the Southern Region's Donor Suitability hotline at 1-800-345-7444, ext. 5285 to be reinstated.

Posted at 9:47 PM by len.kiese@walb.com