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Death toll from HIV outbreak among toddlers in Kazakhstan rises to 6

Death toll from HIV outbreak among toddlers in Kazakhstan rises to 6

Six toddlers are now known to have died from HIV contracted through doctors' negligence in southern Kazakhstan, the regional AIDS center said Wednesday.
Authorities, meanwhile, ordered HIV testing for all adults who had received blood transfusions at hospitals in the city of Shymkent in the past six months, the South Kazakhstan AIDS center said. It said it was too early to say how many people may be tested.
A total of 72 toddlers and eight mothers have been infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, while being treated in hospitals in Shymkent, 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) south of the capital Astana.
Since the first cases were reported this summer, authorities have tested about 9,000 children out of some 13,000 who received medical attention, including blood transfusions and injections, in Shymkent.
Authorities have also been searching for five donors they suspect might be carriers of HIV.
The sixth HIV-infected child to die of AIDS-related diseases was five months old, the AIDS center officials said.
All of the children to have died from the disease have been under three years old.
Regional prosecutors are investigating the hospital's chief, the head of a local blood transfusion center and other officials. Last month, Kazakhstan's president sacked the country's health minister and the governor of South Kazakhstan over the infections.
According to the latest official data, by the end of 2004, the ex-Soviet republic had about 4,700 HIV/AIDS cases, but the real number is believed to be higher. In the first six months of this year, the country recorded 828 new HIV carriers and 70 AIDS patients, a 70 percent increase over 2005.


Updated : 2021-07-25 18:48 GMT+08:00