Four More Toddlers Infected With HIV in Outbreak in Kyrgyzstan
October 25, 2007
The announcement that four children ages 2-3 have HIV brings to 26 the number of people diagnosed with the virus in an outbreak blamed on medical negligence. Five adults, four of whom are mothers, and 21 children are now known to be infected, said Erkin Bakiev of the regional AIDS center. Medical staff are believed to have accidentally infected the patients while giving shots and blood transfusions. Four medical officials, including the chiefs of the Osh region's children's hospital and blood transfusion center, have already been fired by the health minister.