CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update German Court Jails Doctor for AIDS Death
June 24, 1997
German doctor Guenter Eckert was sentenced to six-and-a-half
years in prison on Monday for the death of a woman to whom he
had administered a HIV-tainted blood transfusion. The court
found that Eckert failed to screen thousands of blood samples
in the 1980s, but so far, this is the only AIDS death
resulting from the neglect. The Eckert case is one in a
string of prosecutions against the German blood business.
Three executives in Koblenz were convicted in 1995 for
improperly testing blood samples, leading to the death of at
least two people.