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The State

A 72-year-old San Francisco woman has died from AIDS contracted in a 1983 transfusion, becoming the 13th victim to die from blood apparently traced to a blood bank in a Bay Area suburb. Officials said Frances Borchelt died after contracting the incurable disease from three pints of blood she received during a hip operation. The blood was supplied by the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in Daly City. Bank spokesman Brian McDonough said the facility “didn’t have the available technology” at the time of the woman’s surgery to screen for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.


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