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EIGHTEEN British soldiers were last night facing an agonising wait to see if they will contract a deadly disease through contaminated blood supplied by America.
Today it was revealed that six British civilian workers may have also received the blood transfusions.
The gravely wounded troops needed drastic transfusions after cheating death on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now they fear they could yet be killed — by donated blood that was not properly screened and “cert
Since November 1985, all blood collected in Canada has been screened for HIV and other communicable diseases. It's estimated that the risk of contracting HIV from donated blood is now 1 in 2.1 million. In the mid-1980s, that risk was 1 in 16,000. The risk of contracting hepatitis C is estimated at 1 in 1.9 million.
"..... In fact, the real risk of contracting a viral disease may be more like 1 in 5,000 - which is 1,000 times greater than the odds of dying in an airplane crash. Put another way, if airlines were allowed to set an 'acceptable safety standard' equivalent to that of the blood supply, there would be at least one fatal crash a month in the U.S."
- Business Week - Scrubbing the Blood Supply 11/15/1999
Worldwide five to ten percent of the cases of HIV infection are transmitted through the transfusion of infected Blood or tainted Blood products. Some of the other severe diseases that can be transmitted by transfusion include viral hepatitis C and B, syphilis, malaria and Chagas' disease. Annually, worldwide, bad transfusions cause an estimated 8 to 16 million hepatitis B virus infections, 2.3 to 5 million hepatitis C virus infections and 80,000 to 160,000 HIV infections.
Originally posted by tetragrammation
oh dear, poor little hired killers