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Australian Girl Gets HIV From Screened Blood


Reuters (07/27/99)

An Australian girl has contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, the first such incident since the country began screening the blood supply in 1985. The Australian Red Cross said that the infected blood slipped through the screening because the blood was tested before antibodies could be detected. Officials say that there is a 22-day gap between infection and the time at which HIV antibodies may be detected. According to the Australian Red Cross, the risk of an infected blood donation being made during that period is one in 1.2 million.


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