Federal officials are advising blood centers to test for the Zika virus in efforts to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-bourne disease.

FOX's Jeff Monosso has the story:

The testing of blood donations for the Zika virus is already happening in Puerto Rico and Florida within four weeks to the southern U.S. and eventually testing at blood banks in all U.S. states and territories, thanks to a directive from the Food and Drug Administration, amid the spread of the mosquito bourne virus:

(Marks) "Maintaining a safe blood supply for all individuals who might need potentially life-saving transfusion, is our priority."

The FDA's Doctor Peter Marks currently more than 50 countries and territories are experiencing active transmissions of the Zika virus.

Jeff Monosso, FOX News.

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