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Tests on human blood plasma products negative for HIV: Chinese health officials

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Chinese health officials on Thursday said tests conducted on a batch of human blood plasma, which was feared to have been contaminated with HIV, came out to be negative for the causing virus.

The officials were probing reports that a Chinese company may have sold over 12,000 units of a contaminated with

The results of nucleic acid test (NAT) for HIV, and on the drugs manufactured by Shanghai-based Meheco Xinxing Pharma Co Ltd were all negative, the (NMPA) said in a statement.

The tests conducted on patients in were also negative, state-run agency reported.

The NMPA said the samples they had examined from a batch of 12,229 bottles of intravenous immunoglobulin were free of and and C.

The administration's clearance of the batch contradicted a notice from the on Tuesday announcing its contamination and warning hospitals to immediately suspend use of the treatments, the Hong Kong-based Morning Post reported Thursday.

The and control centre in eastern China's province had detected traces of HIV in the batch, although the control centre told on Wednesday that it had not yet discovered any cases of patients having contracted HIV.

This latest blow to confidence in China's came less than a month after it was revealed that 145 children in the eastern province were treated with expired vaccines, sparking widespread protests from parents and the investigation of 17 local officials.

In July last year, as many as 252,600 vaccines made by Changchun Changsheng Bio-technology, one of China's biggest vaccine firms, were found to have been administered to thousands of toddlers.

Similarly in October last year, state-owned in province, whose vaccines were recalled from after they were found faulty, was fined USD 1.3 billion by

In the 1990s, thousands of cash-strapped villagers in China's central province contracted HIV after being persuaded by middlemen to sell their blood illegally in the black market, report said.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 16:35 IST