Boy, 5, gets Hepatitis B from discarded syringe

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The syringe was discarded in a park in Padua. Photo: Syringe photo: Shutterstock
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The parents of a four-year-old boy are planning to sue authorities in Padua after the child contracted Hepatitis B from a discarded syringe while playing in a park.

They also face an agonizing wait to see if the boy has also contracted HIV, Il Messaggero reported.

The child was pricked by the needle, discarded by a drug addict, while playing in Europa park, on Via Venezia in the northern Italian city in June.

But results of tests for Hepatitis B take up to six months, while an HIV test is repeated three months after potential exposure.

"We are desperate,” his father was quoted in Il Messaggero as saying.

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"But it’s not over; my son has to repeat the HIV tests. I am now looking for a lawyer to sue the council."

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