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Prosecutors in Russia's Voronezh region took over the investigation into the case of HIV-infection at a maternity hospital
Prosecutors in Russia's Voronezh region took over the investigation into the case of HIV-infection at a maternity hospital, Galina Gorshkova, senior aide to the regional prosecutor, told Itar-Tass on Wednesday. Gorshkova explained the decision by the public significance of the case and "a considerable amount of investigative work." Earlier, the criminal case was handled by regional police. Investigators have to find out how the plasma, prepared from HIV-infected blood, found its way to the hospital. Regional health officials said it happened because of a violation of the instruction which bans the use of fresh blood without a six-month suspension period, when it is stored in special containers. The HIV-infected blood originated at a local transfusion center in April. It was traced to a 35-year-old female who had been donating blood for years. The plasma, drawn from the blood was given to a woman in a maternity house. Albumin, prepared from the same batch, was reportedly dispensed to 208 patients. One hundred and forty of them have tested HIV-negative so far. The persons whose negligence caused the HIV infection incident are facing up to five years in prison.
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