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700 people were infected with AIDS in a Pakistani town



KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Thousands of people in southern Pakistan are screened to ensure they have not been infected with HIV, hundreds of people have been infected with the virus in a small town, said t officials on Thursday.

More than 700 people, mostly children, have been infected with the virus in the town of Ratu Diro in the state of Sindh last September, said official of the Ministry of Health Sikander Memon.

Memon, who led the AIDS program in the province, said the health authorities had decided to audit all residents of the area, following the discovery of cases of children in March.

"The result was horrific," he told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in a visit to the region to coordinate checks with doctors.

Health experts say the virus has spread by re-using contaminated injections from ineligible doctors.

Around 170,000 people live with HIV in Pakistan, according to the AIDS program in the capital, Islamabad.

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