Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Regulatory alert 001/2020 - West Nile Virus

Issued 24 August 2020 

Notice for  

•    Designated Individuals in the Human Application sector  
•    Licence contacts in the Organ Donation and Transplantation sector  


This alert is being issued by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and includes information about recent cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in individuals in Spain. 

Please circulate this information to staff within your establishment undertaking activities which may be affected by this notice. 


On 21 August 2020, the National Transplant Organization in Spain created an alert on the EU Rapid Alert on Substances of Human Origin platform confirming an outbreak of neuro-invasive West-Nile virus infection in the province of Seville (Andalucía region), Spain. 

Action taken by the HTA 

The HTA has issued this alert to all UK establishments that handle human tissues and cells for human application or are involved in solid organ transplantation to raise awareness of potential WNV transmission from donors to recipients. 

Actions for establishments 

This alert is to ensure that all establishments are aware of the recent reports of WNV and can review their donor selection and evaluation procedures accordingly. 

Up-to-date information on cases of WNV in Europe can be found on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's website.  

Information on updated JPAC guidance can be found on JPAC's website

Last updated on: 24 Aug 2020