A report said that tainted blood products might have been used a decade ago to treat chicken pox and other common diseases in Japanese children. Due to this, numerous children may have been at a risk of hepatitis C reported Asahi Shimbum.
The recent analyses of the blood products known as immuno-globulin preparations of the 70s and 80s showed traces of the virus, prompting concern among Japanese health officials. The widespread exposure could mean a greater number of unreported hepatitis C infections.
The Japanese government have formulated a relief package to cover all victims. But the package does not include the immuno-globulin products since the hepatitis C link has not been officially confirmed.