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AUSTRALIA: Kids' Needle Prick Injury Causes HIV, Hepatitis Scare


Newcastle Herald (07.18.2013)

According to a parent at a Hunter Valley school in New South Wales, Australia, health officials have tested as many as 14 children for HIV and hepatitis after a classmate pricked their fingers, hands, and arms with a blood glucose monitor on July 17. The student told school staff he brought the monitor to school after paramedics left it at his home while treating his ill sister. A parent reported that apparently the pricking began on the school bus when the boy asked students to show him their hand size and pierced their skin with the device after they put out their hands. When staff became aware, they confiscated the tester and identified those students who had been involved.


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