The number still stands at three confirmed West Nile cases in Lubbock as of Wednesday with a fourth suspected case in the hospital.
That, while as many as seven have been notified by United Blood Services that their blood donations have been destroyed because West Nile infection showed up on a new test for that mosquito borne illness.
Aside from concern for those patients, West Nile brings another concern for our community.
Les Long from United Blood Services says that if there are units of blood being disqualified because of West Nile Virus, then donors are needed even more than ever because they already have a tough time keeping up with the 110 pints of blood the local hospitals use every day.
Long adds that UBS is already facing a critical shortage of blood with less than a one day supply.
United Blood Services is open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at 2523 48th St. or on Friday or Saturday, you can donate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For information or an appointment, you can call (806) 797-6804.