Australia calls for calm on hepatitis CBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6945.1659 (Published 25 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1659
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The New South Wales Red Cross has tried to allay public fears following revelations that dozens of patients who have received blood transfusions have been infected with hepatitis C Virus. The Red Cross's blood bank is trying to establish how contaminated blood got into the supply after tests failed to detect 40 infected donors.
The news has prompted a national scare about the safety of the blood supply and renewed calls to make it easier for patients to bank their own blood before surgery. The director of the blood bank, Dr Brenton Wylie, said that …