HIV fears as baby gets wrong milk

A THREE-week-old baby is undergoing tests for HIV after being given breast milk from the wrong mother in Caboolture Hospital.

The Metro North Health Service has launched an investigation into the incident, which happened on Thursday.

Authorities have said there was little chance of the baby contracting the disease because of the "good health of all those involved".

However, they said blood and milk samples had been taken for testing as a precaution.

Results were expected in about a week, sources said.

A "routine" confirmation test was to occur again in 12 weeks, AAP reported.

The family's name was not released.

A spokesman for Metro North said it had unreservedly apologised to the baby's parents and the donor mother.

The baby's grandmother, who identified herself only as Peggy, rang Brisbane talkback radio yesterday morning saying her grandson was being tested for HIV, as well as Hepatitis A, B and C.

"My son and daughter-in-law are beside themselves," she told 4BC.

"We're on tenterhooks - to have something like that happen at a hospital ...

"Who's not doing their job?"

Peggy said a nurse had given a bottle to her daughter-in-law to feed her baby only to return about five minutes later and say it was the wrong bottle.

The health service spokesman said any issues uncovered by the investigation would be looked at and addressed to make sure a similar incident could not happen.

He said hospital staff involved had been counselled.

They had been told about the importance of following all protocols in relation to expressed breast milk, the spokesman said.



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