Hep C outbreak report published

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Intravenous news: InfectionControlToday.com report “According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Nevada State Health Division Bureau, the 2008 hepatitis C outbreak at a Las Vegas colonoscopy clinic and associated properties was preventable and costly. The combined cost of the investigation, counseling and testing associated with the outbreak is an estimated $16.3 million to $21.9 million.

The report said that the endoscopy staff of the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada and related clinics should have adhered to “well-established, safe, and common-sense injection practices.”

Nine cases of hepatitis C were linked to the clinics, and 106 additional cases were considered possibly related. More than 50,000 people were told that they may have been exposed to hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV.”

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