Chlamydia Went Undiagnosed Due To Technical Error

16.11.2012
Words by Paul Fontaine
Those who had themselves tested for chlamydia at a local hospital have not received a diagnosis because the machine testing for the disease had been malfunctioning for two weeks.

As RÚV reports, the machine - which tests swab samples taken from men and women - had been broken since the end of last month. However, the malfunction was only discovered earlier this week. In the intervening time, everyone who had themselves tested has yet to receive a diagnosis.

Karl Kristinsson, the chief doctor for the infectious diseases department, told reporters that a specialised technician needed to be sought, and a part ordered from overseas, before the machine could be fixed. At the time of this reporting, the machine should be in good working order again.

This is actually the third time since last August that the machine has broken down, at a cost of some 7 million ISK to the hospital.

Each year in Iceland, about 2,000 people are diagnosed with chlamydia, or a little over 160 people each month.


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