HIV scare after Australian health worker diagnosed with virus

File photo of samples in a laboratory alongside a ribbon promoting World Aids DayAustralian authorities were Tuesday urging 399 people in eastern Victoria state to have an HIV test after a health care worker was diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS. "This is entirely precautionary as there are no reports of any patient contracting HIV from the health care worker," it said in a statement. "But we are erring on the side of caution and recommending a blood test to rule out the presence of HIV." One woman, who spoke on public radio without giving her full name, said she had felt "very sick in the stomach" after receiving a letter from the health department urging her to have a test. Authorities said the chances of infection passing from the health care worker to a patient were very low.

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