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Some blood donors suffer ill effects

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TOKYO, Sep 23, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Nearly 300,000 people, or 1 percent of blood donors, fell ill after giving blood in the five-year period from 1999, the Japanese Red Cross reported.

Among the symptoms suffered after blood donations were dizziness, nausea and what are called vasovagal reactions, which reduce the amount of blood going to the brain and can cause fainting. These reactions accounted for 70 percent of the 283,664 reported cases of ill effects resulting from blood donation, followed by internal hemorrhages.

Total casualties reached 0.97 percent of all 29.1 million blood donors in the five years from 1999 until the end of 2003.

The Red Cross offers slight payments to those who fall ill after giving blood. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, reacting to calls for government intervention, will set up a discussion group to ensure safety and fairness across the board, reported the Mainichi Shimbun Thursday.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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