Irish patient contracts Hepatitis B from blood transfusion

The IBTS says it is a one-in-two-million event

The IBTS says it is a one-in-two-million event

The blood service said that it "does not have any implications for blood that will be transfused to patients in the future".

He said the infection is a "rare one in two million event" adding that it "does not have any implications for blood that will be transfused to patients in the future".

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service confirmed the infection and said that the patient was being managed by a medical team.

It said an investigation by Grifols/Hologic, the manufacturer of the assay used to test for the virus, confirmed it performed to the expected standard of sensitivity. It's transmitted through exposure to Hepatitis B infected blood and body fluids.

A patient has been infected with the Hepatitis B virus from a blood transfusion, in the first known case of its kind in Ireland.

It said the donation was made in the "window period when the presence of the virus can not be detected even by the most sensitive tests available".

The IBTS said the infection occurred after the blood donation was made in the "window period" when the virus can not be detected, even by the most sensitive tests available.

In this case, at the time the blood donation was taken for molecular testing, it tested negative for Hepatitis B and other viruses.

Following an additional DNA test of the sample results came back positive for the Hepatitis B virus. The donation was shown to be negative for viral markers, including Hepatitis B.

Transmission by transfusion is now rarely encountered due to highly sensitive laboratory testing of each blood donation.

"There is no ongoing patient safety incident - and that is the strongest message that I want to give to patient and indeed to donors today".

He said that the IBTS will continue to keep him and the public updated, but sought to ease fears among the wider public.

Most people with normal immune systems will clear the virus, but those infected early in life are more likely to develop chronic infection.

Although treatment for HBV is available for those who become chronically infected; vaccination and screening is crucial in preventing onward spread.

Simon Harris, the health minister, said that it was an "extraordinarily rare situation".

Subsequently the donor was found to have acute Hepatitis B infection.

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