Flu cases cause blood shortage in Minnesota, DakotasIllnesses also have hindered people from being able to donate.
By: Associated Press report, Aberdeen (S.D.) American News
ABERDEEN, S.D. — The flu and other winter illnesses have led to a shortage of blood in parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and recent blizzard conditions have hindered efforts to collect more.
Molly Vetter, center manager of United Blood Services in Aberdeen, S.D., says a blizzard about a week ago cost the organization's six Dakotas offices about 300 units of blood.
She tells the Aberdeen American News that the problems probably will continue. On Monday, a mobile unit that was supposed to go to Fullerton, N.D., was canceled because of the weather. Illnesses, especially the flu, also have hindered people from being able to donate.
United Blood needs about 500 donations a day to supply 93 hospitals in the Dakotas and part of Minnesota.