650 Seattle hospital warns of possible exposure to hepatitis B ;
A Seattle hospital says about 650 patients on dialysis since 2011 may have been exposed hepatitis B due to a lapse in the selection procedures.
But the Virginia Mason Hospital and Medical Center and King County Public health officials said Friday the risk of transmission is low.
Virginia Mason notified health authorities in late May that the staff had not been screened consistently and isolate patients, which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention.
The hospital urged patients to get tested for hepatitis B.
Dr. Jeff Duchin of Seattle and King County Public Health says an investigation by the agency found the hospital followed by other measures, such as disinfecting equipment, to prevent infection.
It is said that authorities found no evidence of increased risk of infection by bloodborne pathogens in the hospital dialysis unit. Kidney Centers nonprofit Northwest is responsible for providing dialysis in the hospital.
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