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Blood glucose test, HIV infection risk for hotel quarantine guests

More than 200 people who underwent hotel quarantine in Victoria have been urged to go get tested for HIV and other viruses after a testing stuff up resulted in possible cross-contamination.

Safer Care Victoria announced yesterday that 243 people who underwent blood glucose level tests while in coronavirus hotel quarantine between March 29 and August 20 could be at risk of contracting a blood borne virus after the same test was used on multiple people.

“Blood glucose level testing devices intended for use by one person were used across multiple residents,” Safer Care Victoria said in a statement.

“This presents a low clinical risk of cross-contamination and blood borne viruses – Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.”

A blood glucose level test involves pricking a finger to get a drop of blood to be used in the testing device.

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CEO Safer Care Victoria Adj Assoc Prof Ann Maree Keenan said the agency was conducting a review to figure out how the stuff-up occurred.

“The health of past quarantine residents is our immediate concern, so arranging screening for them is our absolute priority. The clinical risk is low. But if you are at all worried you had this test – and we have not contacted you yet – please call us,” Prof Keenan said.

“Right now, we won’t be able to answer the many questions people will have about how this happened. Be assured that Safer Care Victoria is conducting a full review into how and why this device came to be in use.

“I hope that we will be able to bring peace of mind through getting people in for testing, and through the findings of our review.”

If anyone is concerned they had this test but have not yet been contacted they can call the Safer Care Patient line on 1800 356 061.

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Former Labor leader Bill Shorten weighed in on Victoria’s latest hotel quarantine stuff-up.

Speaking on the Today show on Tuesday, Mr Shorten said the mistakes occurring in Victoria “are not good enough”.

Mr Shorten said this was a timely reminder that people still needed to “keep our guard up against the old nasties we know about”.

“It must be really stressful and worrying for the people who have gone through this. I hope that they can get the tests results back as quick as possible,” he said.

Health Minister Martin Foley addressed the testing stuff-up at a press conference this morning, clarifying that the needles used in the test were changed between each use by the device was not changed, despite it being meant for repeated used by one person, not multiple people.

“I need to stress that this is, according to all the clinical advice, a very, very low risk of cross contamination but, out of an abundance of caution, Safer Care Victoria and the Alfred Hospital are doing precisely the right thing in a very risk-averse way of seeking to

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Victoria hotel quarantine guests may have been infected with HIV



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Victoria’s hotel quarantine debacle has taken a new twist after it emerged returned travellers may have been accidentally exposed to blood-borne viruses like HIV.

Safer Care Victoria is contacting 243 guests who went through the state’s hotel quarantine system and took a blood glucose level test between March 29 and August 20. 

The health body said testing devices intended for one person had been used across multiple guests – potentially putting them at ‘low risk’ of contracting viruses including hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV.

Safer Care Victoria acting chief executive officer Associate Professor Ann Maree Keenan said a review would be conducted into how the potential cross-transmission occurred.

‘The health of past quarantine residents is our immediate concern, so arranging screening for them is our absolute priority,’ she said in a statement.  



a person holding a bag of luggage: Returned travellers arrive at a Melbourne quarantine hotel in March. Guests across Victoria's hotel quarantine scheme may have been accidentally exposed to blood-borne viruses like HIV, it has emerged


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Returned travellers arrive at a Melbourne quarantine hotel in March. Guests across Victoria’s hotel quarantine scheme may have been accidentally exposed to blood-borne viruses like HIV, it has emerged

The scare comes as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wages a bitter war of words with Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg over the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. 

There were just four new cases and one death in Victoria recorded on Monday, bringing the state toll from the virus to 817 and the national figure to 905.    

Mr Andrews has allowed Melburnians to get a haircut, renovate their properties and wash their cars but retail businesses, pubs, restaurants and cafes must wait until November 2 to reopen.

Mr Frydenberg on Monday morning vented his fury at the Victorian premier for his ongoing refusal to reopen the state.  

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Safer Care Victoria acting chief executive Associate Professor Ann Maree Keenan (pictured) said the risk of HIV transmission in the state’s hotel quarantine system had been ‘newly identified’

Safer Care Victoria acting chief executive Associate Professor Ann Maree Keenan said the clinical risk of infection of blood-borne viruses in hotel quarantine is low.

‘The health of past quarantine residents is our immediate concern, so arranging screening for them is our absolute priority,’ she said in a statement.

‘The clinical risk is low. But if you are at all worried you had this test – and we have not contacted you yet – please call us.’

The Department of Health and Human Services said it was helping Safer Care Victoria and Alfred Health to identify and contact residents about the ‘newly identified risk’.

The devices were removed from hotel quarantine in August and it is believed they didn’t contribute to the spread of COVID-19 as the virus isn’t transmitted through blood.

Needles on the finger-prick tests were changed between uses, but the body of the device is capable of retaining microscopic amounts of blood.

Most diabetics in hotel quarantine would have had their own device and not required a test from a nurse or doctor during their 14-day stay.

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