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Kerala: 8-year-old girl tests HIV positive after blood transfusion

Mar 28, 2013 10:28 AM IST India India

Mananthavady: In a shocking incident, an eight-year-old girl in Kerala has been transfused with HIV infected blood. The state government claims they have a confirmation that the child was given infected blood at a government hospital. The child, a thalassemia patient, has undergone numerous blood transfusions over the past seven years.

In a complaint lodged with the health department, her relatives said the girl was being given blood transfusion every fortnight as she had been suffering from thalassaemia.

She had received blood transfusions at the Calicut Medical College and the Wayanad District hospital. Authorities say the girl may have received blood from an HIV positive person who was not tested properly. The Health Minister has ordered a probe.

A test done in September 2012 confirmed her HIV positive, they said claiming that the blood transfusion was the cause of her being afflicted with the deadly virus.

However, tests conducted on the girl's parents and brother proved negative for HIV, they said, indicating that she had been administered blood of a HIV infected person. The girl is admitted at the hospital.

The relatives along with functionaries of a youth organisation met Dr PN Remani, Additional Director (Vigilance) of the state Health Department, when he visited the hospital, and took the up the issue. Remani said it would be unfortunate if the charge was true and assured that a team of medical experts would conduct a probe.

(With additional information from PTI)