- August 10th 2012
A health care-associated hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire has left health officials in eight states scrambling to identify and test people who might have been exposed to the virus, which can be fatal if left untreated. Those states are Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is helping investigate the situation, which the agency said could become one of the nation’s largest health care-related hepatitis C outbreaks.
“Hepatitis C is a terrible illness, and viral hepatitis often doesn’t present any symptoms until there’s already damage to the liver,” said Melissa Dankel, a spokeswoman for the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. “It’s a bad situation.”
The suspected source of the outbreak is a former New Hampshire medical technician with hepatitis C who injected himself with syringes containing fentanyl that were meant for patient [Read more]