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Bad weather slows central Illinois blood donations

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois blood bank says this year's winter weather has prompted a dwindling supply of blood in parts of the state.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1g0eAQz ) Central Illinois Community Blood Center says its supply for Springfield-area hospitals is at its lowest levels in years.

Authorities say the bad weather in January and February kept people from donating about 575 units of blood.

Tara Matheson is the manager of donor relations at the Springfield center. She says the snow, ice and bitter temperatures were "really devastating to our blood supply."

But officials say they don't know of any surgeries that have been postponed because of the shortage.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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