Five Toddlers Die of AIDS in Kazakhstan After 61 Contract HIV in Medical Treatment
September 26, 2006
On Monday, a regional health official said five of at least 61 toddlers who contracted HIV during medical treatment in southern Kazakhstan have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Of about 13,000 children who received treatments including blood transfusions, some 7,000 have been tested so far. Authorities warned that the number of children infected could climb as testing progresses. So far, the infections have led to the firing of the country's health minister and a governor. The hospital's chief, the head of a local transfusion center and other officials are the subjects of a criminal probe.
Associated Press 09.25.2006