SYDNEY & BRISBANE AUSTRALIA
Health authorities in Australia believe more than forty people may have been given blood transfusions contaminated with the virus responsible for AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
SYDNEY & BRISBANE AUSTRALIA
1. Svs Blood Transfusion. (7 SHOTS) 0.24
2. SV Woman with blood samples. (3 SHOTS) 0.33
3. Cus AIDS leaflets (2 SHOTS) 0.40
4. Svs & CU Paul, Mathew and their mother with CU OF Paul's bruised leg (4 SHOTS) 0.57
5. SV Mother, Liz Hancock speaking. (SOT) 1.21
6. SV Dr. David Storey speaking. (SOT) 1.47
LIZ HANCOCK: (SEQ 5) "Yeah ... I do, I mean they're only more or less starting out and for that to happen to them, they don't really know what's in life ... just .... it makes you feel ..."
REPORTER: "Who would you say you were angriest with?"
HANCOCK: "Just everybody, I think."
STOREY: (SEQ 6) "We believe that the risk of contracting AIDS by means of Factor 8 is very small; it must exist but it's very small and we rely on the figures of America because 600 donations are involved yearly in each haemophiliac's treatment and the incidence of AIDS amongst haemophiliacs in America is still very low."
NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY ABC'S REPORTER MARTIN DEBBLE AND HAS TVQ'S TRACEY DYSON, WHICH MAY USED IF REQUIRED.
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Background: SYDNEY & BRISBANE AUSTRALIA
Health authorities in Australia believe more than forty people may have been given blood transfusions contaminated with the virus responsible for AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Already, one New South Wales patient who received a transfusion of the contaminated blood has contracted the incurable virus and is now seriously ill. New South Wales hospitals are busy checking all other blood recipients to see if the transfusions used were from the original contaminated sample. Up to thirty Queenslanders and twelve Tasmanians are also at risk following transfusions of blood contaminated by the same donor. An unknown number of other people who may have had sexual contact with the recipients of the contaminated blood may also be at risk. Symptoms of AIDS can take between one and three years to appear. The blood comes from a Sydney homosexual who gave his donation at the city's central blood bank without knowing he was a carrier of AIDS. He has not shown any symptoms of the disease. The blood was sent with other samples and processed by the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories in Melbourne. Health authorities are very concerned that the AIDS virus have contaminated one particular product derived from the infected blood, called Factor 8, which is used to treat haemophiliacs. Mrs Liz Hancock has two children, Paul and Mathew, who both suffer from haemophilia, and she's worried they may have contracted the disease. She says she is very angry that her children may have to face another major hurdle in their lives because of someone else's mistake. But a health spokesman, Dr. David Storey, says the risk of transmitting AIDS by Factor 8 is "very small". According to Dr. Storey, the incidence of AIDS amongst haemophiliacs in the United States of America is still very low. AIDS is a particularly debilitating and virulent disease. In America, only one in five people diagnosed four years ago are still alive.
Source: AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION (ABC)/QUEENSLAND TELEVISION (TVQ)