A young pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu contracted HIV after infected blood was pumped into her during a blood transfusion at a government hospital in Virudhunagar district.
Three lab technicians were suspended for alleged lapses over the last two years.
The woman was administered blood from an HIV-positive young man on December 3. The man was tested positive for HIV and Hepatitis-B two years ago by a private lab when he donated his blood. But a government blood bank did not store the records.
The woman was put on anti-retroviral treatment after she was tested HIV-positive. Whether the baby would be infected with HIV would be known only after its birth, authorities said.
HIV virus is usually transmitted through sexual intercourse, infected blood and from an infected mother to the baby in her womb or through breastfeeding.
“There have been lapses twice. We suspect the technician who cleared the blood did not test for HIV. It’s an accident and not intentional. We have ordered a probe. We are also treating the youngster,” said Dr R Manoharan, deputy director at Tamil Nadu’s health department.
The government, he said, has offered financial compensation and jobs for the woman and her husband after the alleged negligence.