Re: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Yahoo! News - Blood infected with hepatitis released to hospital
- For an interesting comparison on how american press twists the news, below is the actual story from the Korea Times.
Note that the 76,667 is for blood from "improper donors", probably from people who were either not tested, or tested and passed without the proper notation on their form and not from confirmed HepC carriers. Note also that they have found only 11 confirmed cases of transfusion induced HepC.
Blood Tainted With Hepatitis in Circulation, 9 Infected Through Transfusions
By Shim Jae-yun, Staff Reporter
The Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) on Sunday said it discovered the Korean National Red Cross (KNRC) had distributed blood contaminated with the hepatitis C virus for human transfusion or medical purposes.
The watchdog also detected the blood of 99 people affected with HIV/AIDS was also circulated, but the blood was found later not to be infected with the virus according to rigorous secondary examinations.
The BAI came with the news soon after unveiling the outcome of it's investigation on the KNRC's blood management at the request of the Korea Independent Commission Against Corruption, a blue-ribbon panel.
Under the current law, which was enacted from April, 1999, blood donated by people infected with hepatitis viruses should be destroyed and the relevant individuals prohibited from donating blood to prevent the circulation of infected blood in the market.
But the BAI said the KNRC failed to register hepatitis patients in the list of inappropriate donators.
Against this backdrop, blood from improper donors in 76,677 cases was provided to university hospitals for transfusion and to pharmaceutical companies for the components of medical products.
The organization's revelation caught the nation off guard as it had already intensified efforts to ease growing public concern over the safety of the nation's blood supply.
Nine people were found to have been infected with hepatitis last month after receiving blood transfusions from the KNRC after four people were found to have been contracted with HIV through blood transfusions.
The number of HIV infection cases thus totaled 11 since the Red Cross launched its blood bank services in 1981.
In case of AIDS, the KNRC failed to prevent the circulation of related bloods by postponing the registration of the 99 people who were reported to have contracted the disease. ``Their blood was distributed but was found not infected with the disease in the end,'' a BAI official said.
Yahoo! News - Blood infected with hepatitis released to hospital
Blood infected with hepatitis released to hospital
SEOUL (AFP) - Blood infected with hepatitis has been released to South Korean hospitals and pharmaceutical firms, state inspectors said.
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