Position statement on West Nile virus: a committee opinion

Capsule:
It is recommended that practitioners defer gamete donors who have confirmed or suspected West Nile virus infections.

Authors:
The Practice Committees of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Society for
Assisted Reproductive Technology

Volume 98, Issue 3, Pages e15-e16, September 2012

Abstract:
Although there is currently no definitive evidence linking West Nile virus (WNV) transmission with reproductive cells, it is recommended that practitioners defer gamete donors who have confirmed or suspected WNV infections. This document was reviewed and reaffirmed by the Practice Committee in August of 2011.

  • Glad to see ASRM put out something on West Nile. This has been a big issue down here in Texas. The DFW area has had wide spread aerial spraying for mosquitos to reduce this problem. Does anyone know if there is any data on how these sprayings may effect patients undergoing fertility treatments?

  • I am glad to see ASRM address some of the issues surrounding West Nile virus. Here in Texas, we have had to deal with this quite a bit in the media and with some patients. Recently, we have had spraying of a majority of the DFW metroplex for mosquitos to reduce exposure to the virus. Does anyone know of any data regarding how exposure of these sprayings affects patients undergoing infertility treatments?

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