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Libyan HIV death sentences

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:17

“Quick background—in 1998, children began testing positive for HIV in a major hospital in Libya's second-largest city, sparking a health crisis. An investigation found the infections occurred in an area where many Bulgarian nurses were assigned, and Libyan dictator Qaddafi accused health care workers of acting on the orders of the CIA and Israel's Mossad. So far, so ridiculous. A Libyan court eventually convicted the six health professionals of intentionally infecting the children, despite extensive testimony that that the virus predated the nurses' arrival and was likely spread through the use of contaminated needles.”

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