Contaminated Needle Infects 99 Chinese With Hepatitis C

by VR Sreeraman on  February 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM General Health News
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Repeated use of needles at a private clinic has been blamed for the cause of a hepatitis C infection of ninety-nine people in China, according to officials.

The injections were taken in the northeast province of Liaoning, Xinhua reported.
Contaminated Needle Infects 99 Chinese With Hepatitis C
Contaminated Needle Infects 99 Chinese With Hepatitis C

The Donggang city government said all patients were hospitalized and are in stable condition.

In January, health authorities traced and screened 120 people who had received varicose vein treatment at the clinic.

Xue Feng, a doctor believed to be responsible for the infections, has been arrested and may face criminal charges.

Another doctor at the clinic, two municipal officials and another at the local TV station have been sacked or suspended for their roles in the scandal.

A health official said the private clinic posted fake TV ads and flouted medical rules by using one syringe needle in all the cases.

Hepatitis C virus causes a liver disease, which the World Health Organization says can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.

Source: IANS

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