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Australia: Defense Troops at Risk of HIV From Iraq

May 24, 2011

At the Australian Defense Force's main hospital unit in the Middle East, failure to properly sterilize surgical equipment may have exposed soldiers and contractors stationed in Iraq to blood-borne diseases including HIV and hepatitis, according to a Fairfax newspapers report. The breach occurred at the al-Minhad air base in the United Arab Emirates from February 2009 to August 2010; however, personnel were informed only last week. ADF's memo says the risk of infection is low, particularly given that force members received hepatitis vaccinations. Measures have since been put in place to prevent such errors in the future, wrote Major General P.V. Alexander, ADF's surgeon-general.

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Australian Associated Press

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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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