WHO urges global use of 'smart syringes' (Wired UK)

February 23, 2015 5:50 PM

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has today called for all countries to transition to the use of "smart syringes", which break after a single use, by 2020.

The reuse of normal syringes often leads to the spread of deadly diseases. A study sponsored by the WHO in 2014 found that in 2010 alone, unsafe injections led to the infection of 33,800 people with HIV, 1.7 million with the hepatitis B virus, and up to 315,000 with the hepatitis C virus.

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