The deadly virus was found in the blood of 11-year-old boy
The tragic incident in the Voronezh region of Russia, where a young woman was infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus through donor blood, has received an extensive coverage in the Russian media. Unfortunately, the story with the HIV-positive donor has its continuation.
Another resident of the Voronezh region has been reportedly diagnosed with the HIV infection, which he received from donor's blood. Deputy chairman of the regional department for healthcare, Mikhail Ivanov, told reporters Thursday that the infection was found in the blood of an eleven-year-old child. “The final results about the analysis of the boy's blood samples will be received after repeated medical examination,” the official said.
Specialists will finish examining all patients, who received a transfusion of albumin – the medication which was produced from the blood of the HIV-positive donor – within the nearest two or three days.
Mikhail Ivanov told Itar Tass news agency that 157 test results of 208 patients' blood samples have showed negative results. All those patients will have their blood tested for HIV in three months again. “It is highly unlikely that a human being can be infected with HIV through albumin transfusion. There have been no such incidents registered in world medical practice recently,” the medic said.
The Federal Service for Healthcare Control addressed to the Arbitration Court with a request to withdraw all licenses from the Voronezh regional blood transfusion station. The request was made shortly after a special inspection conducted at the station, when it became known that a young woman had been infected with HIV as a result of a blood transfusion procedure.
The HIV-positive blood was received in May of the current year from a 35-year-old woman. The woman, reportedly named only as Anna, was a long-time donor at the station. Reporters found out that the woman disappeared from the city soon after the incident with HIV-positive blood was made public.
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