AIDS death forces US Red Cross blood recall

Melbourne Herald, 2 Sep 1983, p 11:

The American Red Cross is recalling a blood concentrate for haemophiliacs because a donor whose plasma was included in the batches later died of AIDS.

The Red Cross said the voluntary recall, which began last week, was purely precautionary. There were no indications that any recipients of the blood had suffered adverse effects, it said.

The Red Cross noted that there is no firm scientific evidence that AIDS (acquired immunity deficiency syndrome) is transmitted by plasma and no certainty about the incubation period of the mysterious disease.

However, because of suspicions that AIDS may have some link to bodily fluids, the Red Cross Issued guidelines in March calling for AIDS victims and those at high risk of developing the disease to refrain from donating blood.

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