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Heat Causes Drop In Blood Donations


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - The Red Cross in Madison says it’s worried about getting short on blood, because the hot summer has fewer people donating it.

Regional CEO Greg Novinska says his group is currently meeting the needs of patients and hospitals for blood but they’re worried about what might happen if a current reduction in blood donations continues.

The Red Cross says some donors canceled their appointments to give blood because of last week’s hot and humid weather. And donors with higher body temperatures are being told temporarily not to give, to assure safety for those receiving blood.

The Red Cross says anyone 17 and older can give blood if they’re in generally good health, and they weigh at least 110 pounds.