HIV infection of undetermined origin during infancy
Article first published online: 24 NOV 2003
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 39, Issue 9, pages 716–718, December 2003
How to Cite
Eley, B., Argent, A., Hatherill, M., Reynolds, L., Rinquist, C. and Beatty, D. (2003), HIV infection of undetermined origin during infancy. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 39: 716–718. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1754.2003.00276.x
- Issue published online: 24 NOV 2003
- Article first published online: 24 NOV 2003
- Accepted for publication 4 February 2003.
- HIV infection;
- undetermined origin
Abstract: The case histories of two children with horizontally acquired HIV infection are described. These children were diagnosed at a paediatric hospital in sub-Saharan Africa. Although the source(s) of infection was not identified, both children had had several contacts with the health service, experienced invasive procedures and ingested expressed milk from their own mothers during hospital admission. Health-care institutions, particularly those located in high HIV prevalence areas, must implement effective infection control measures to ensure that the risk of horizontal infection is minimized. Attention should be given to practices that are unique to each clinical discipline.