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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The metro's Life Serve Blood Center is sending out a plea for donors.

The organization says it has less than a one-day supply of O negative blood. The blood type is considered to be "universal" which is why officials are asking for people to donate as soon as possible.

Officials say their blood supply has steadily decreased and have an idea of what may be the reason why.

“Based on travel we think that some of our donors were taken out of donation because of where they traveled with the Zika Virus," Danielle West said, the Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Life Serve Blood Center.

Life Serve also distributes blood to 120 hospitals in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. West says the low blood supply makes distribution difficult.

“We are kind of moving blood as needed through our hospital systems based on need. Every day we have been working with them and moving things around as needed," West said.

Life Serve also has less than a two-day supply of B negative and AB negative blood. Officials say the donating process is easy and only takes about an hour.