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Wednesday 23 April 2014

77 women have died in Anti-D blood scandal

Up to 77 women infected with hepatitis C through the blood product Anti-D have now died.

Revelations about the contamination of the blood product, used to prevent women having blue babies, emerged 19 years ago this month.

Around 1,200 women were infected with the virus after receiving the blood product from the blood service.

The state tribunal which compensated the women and also others infected through blood products or transfusions has so far paid out nearly €1bn in damages and legal fees.

The tribunal also covered people with haemophilia who were infected with hepatitis C and HIV.

It has so far dealt with 4,563 claims and there are a further 780 still to consider.

Irish Independent

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