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23 Indian Children Get HIV From Blood Transfusions

September 12, 2011

At least 23 children with thalassemia, a rare genetic disorder that requires regular transfusions, have tested positive for HIV after receiving tainted blood, Indian officials said today. The government of Gujarat state has dispatched a team of doctors to the Junagadh district to investigate. Hospital chief G.T. Dayalu said all the children received free blood transfusions at a government-run hospital between January and August. While news reports quoted state government spokesperson Jai Narayan Vyas as saying many of the children were transfused at more than one hospital, the Indian Express newspaper quoted parents as saying the children had received blood only at the government hospital.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press
09.12.2011; R.K. Mishra

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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