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Blood donors of all types urgently needed

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego Blood Bank is calling on donors of all types to give blood immediately.

The blood bank is experiencing a serious blood shortage due to a shortage of saline, which allows 125 donors each week to give double red cells.

Since saline has been unavailable, the blood bank has not been able to collect hundreds of donations.

The saline shortage was caused by a worse than average flu season in December and January that spiked the demand for intravenous saline for dehydrated patients.

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