From British daily The Guardian:
British soldiers in contaminated blood scare
Fred Attewill and agencies
Thursday January 10, 2008
Eighteen British soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan could have been given transfusions of contaminated blood from the US military, it emerged today. Six injured British civilians may also have been exposed to the contaminated blood.
The troops were given transfusions using batches of blood from the US military as part of their emergency treatment. However, the blood had not been properly screened after it had been donated, reportedly exposing them to a risk that it could have been contaminated with infections such as HIV, hepatitis or syphilis.