Hepatitis C Outbreak In Fremont

A doctor for the state of Nebraska says safety measures for handling blood products apparently were not followed at a cancer clinic in Fremont where 10 people tested positive for Hepatitis C.

Doctor Tom Safranek says Wednesday that something procedurally broke down at the clinic and the outbreak should not have happened.

Safranek says Hepatitis C is a blood-borne pathogen and there are clearly defined practices for infection control in a clinical setting.

An investigation is underway to determine just what happened at the clinic.

Hepatitis C acts slowly and no one is in immediate danger. But 612 patient at the clinic are being asked to be tested for Hepatitis C.

Safranek says treatment for those who test positive will be decided on a case-by-case basis. He says the results also could help pinpoint how the outbreak occurred.


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