Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mexican Hospital Helping to Spread HIV

HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS, NOSOCOMIAL - MEXICO: MEXICO CITY, ALERT
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Date: Sun 9 Aug 2009
Source: Yahoo Noticias, Espanol, Associated Press [trans. Mod.MPP, edited]



The Mexican National Human Rights Commission [NHRC] requested a public
hospital to investigate the cases of 2 children who were infected with HIV
[human immunodeficiency virus], the virus that causes AIDS [acquired
immunodeficiency syndrome], on whom they performed blood transfusions in 2008.

The governmental committee asked the La Raza Hospital in Mexico City to
investigate whether there are other patients who were infected, but their
recommendations are not mandatory. According to the NHRC, the hospital
failed to comply with norms on testing, classification, and handling of blood.

On Sunday [9 Aug 2009], the commission reported that the affected patients
were a 10 year old child and an adolescent of 13 years. In addition, there
was another report of an infection identified in a relative of a person
cared for in the same hospital.

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[HIV transmission by blood transfusion is rare and almost always a
consequence of laxity in the testing and handling of blood and blood
products. The precise route of transmission in this incident has yet to be
established. Further information is awaited. - Mod.CP]

[see also:
2008
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Hepatitis B & C, HIV, nosocomial (05): USA (NV) 20081210.3882
Hepatitis B & C, HIV, nosocomial (04): USA (NV) 20080928.3073
Hepatitis B & C, HIV, nosocomial (03): USA (NV) 20080302.0854
Hepatitis B & C, HIV, nosocomial (02): USA (NV) 20080228.0809
Hepatitis B & C, HIV, nosocomial - USA: (NV), alert, RFI 20080228.0802
2007
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HIV, nosocomial, child - Kyrgyzstan (Oshskaya) 20070805.2545
HIV, nosocomial transmission - Kazakhstan (03) 20070627.2070
HIV, nosocomial transmission - Kazakhstan (02) 20070318.0948
HIV, nosocomial transmission - Kazakhstan 20070215.0569
2006
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HIV, nosocomial transmission - Kazakhstan (02) 20061007.2884
HIV, nosocomial transmission - Kazakhstan 20060920.2689]

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