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CDC pins hepatitis cases on unsafe injections

OSHA Healthcare Connection, May 20, 2008

In a published report last week, the CDC blamed unsafe injection practices in a Nevada endoscopy clinic for a hepatitis C outbreak.

"The epidemiologic and laboratory investigation revealed that hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission likely resulted from reuse of syringes on individual patients and use of single-use medication vials on multiple patients at the clinic," according to "Acute Hepatitis C Virus Infections Attributed to Unsafe Injection Practices at an Endoscopy Clinic—Nevada, 2007."

The CDC's investigation identified six patients with healthcare-associated acute hepatitis C. Four of the patients required hospitalization. An additional 40,000 patients were notified by the Southern Nevada Health District about potential exposure to HCV and other bloodborne infections.

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