Peru's Blood Banks Under Scrutiny Following HIV Scare
September 14, 2007
On Thursday, Peru's Health Minister Carlos Vallejos said Peru's 240 blood banks would undergo more exhaustive evaluations than had been previously conducted. He noted that evaluations since the start of the year had led to the closing of 30 blood banks. The announcement followed a firestorm of criticism after reports that four patients had been infected with HIV after receiving blood transfusions. The infections occurred within less than six months. In addition, 30 patients at a social security dialysis center were infected with hepatitis C.
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