Death toll for patients given Hep C rises to 188
THE number of people who died after receiving contaminated blood or blood products has now risen to 188, writes Eilish O'Regan.
A new report has revealed the tragic human fallout of the contamination of 1,700 people with Hepatitis C, some of which cases were due to negligence by the blood transfusion service.
The majority of those infected were women who received the anti-D product in the late 1970s and early 1990s.
Pregnant women are given anti-D to avoid complications for the health of the child where there is a clash between the blood types.
Other groups infected included haemophiliacs and patients such as those with kidney disease who received transfusions.