Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Trial In Libya

I've added a comment to the post on the Bulgarian nurses, but felt it was worthwhile to post a link to a Wikipedia article on the investigation and trial that resulted in the nurses being held captive for 8 years. A French doctor - Luc Montagnier, one of the discoverers of the HIV virus - was a key figure in the trial, along with Vittorio Colizzi. The article shows how the investigators were able to trace the virus back to the child who was first infected, and how the epidemic spread from there. The initial infection occurred before the Bulgarian nurses arrived. There were , in fact, several reported cases before 1998, but no measures were taken to protect against further contaminations. The article also describes the nurses' accounts of the torture they endured, especially during the first year.

The children seem to be spread around. Many are being treated in European hospitals - I presume this is at Europe's expense.

I've been away for almost two days. I hope to resume normal posting this weekend.

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