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South Africa Recalls 500,000 HIV Tests Kits: Ministry

July 17, 2012

South Africa is recalling 500,000 SD Bioline HIV test kits, the health ministry said today. Health spokesperson Joe Maila said authorities are investigating how the tests were ordered earlier this year, despite a World Health Organization warning in November that the test produced inconclusive results. After WHO again flagged the problem in June, the kit's South Korean maker recalled it. WHO said the finger-prick blood test did not return false results but was plagued by inconclusive readings. "The test displayed an unacceptably high rate of invalid test results," WHO said. "Thus no test interpretation is possible and so one is likely to have no result rather than an incorrect result." All the tests "have been recalled as a precaution," Maila said. Local media reported the cost of the kits as 22.5 million rand (US $2.8 million).

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Adapted from:
Agence France Presse

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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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