- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Blood Center will lay off approximately 60 staff members as part of an organizational restructuring.

WLNE-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Kgkdcn ) the restructuring comes in the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determining that the state should test all blood for babesiosis, a tick-borne disease with symptoms similar to malaria.

Because the testing is expensive, the Blood Center will reduce its staff in donor services and other departments to be more cost-efficient in collecting blood.

Babesiosis is the No. 1 transfusion transmitted disease in the country.

Additionally, the center will stop blood drives with a goal of 15 or fewer collections.

The changes take effect October 1.

___

Information from: WLNE-TV, https://www.abc6.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide