The authorities have investigated at least 12 cases of hepatitis linked to a heart clinic in West Virginia.
The viruses have been associated with injectable drugs administered during cardiac stress tests Heart Clinic in Raleigh, media local news.
Eight patients receiving cardiac stress tests have tested positive for hepatitis C and another four have tested positive for hepatitis B, said Allison Adler, director of communications for the Department of Health and Human Resources. Adler said there has been no evidence of HIV transmission.
The investigation began in November 2014, after a patient without risk factors for hepatitis C was diagnosed with the virus.
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Dr. Rahul Gupta State Thursday that during inspections, Department of Health and Human Resources researchers witnessed several areas of improvement for the clinic.
“There are single-use vials,” said the clinic. “You have a drug in a vial for use once a patient. But we find that is often used for multiple uses. So that’s a way to transmit because you can change the needle, but there is always a risk with the vial. “
Gupta said the measure of how many people were exposed to pathogens is unknown.
Officials are now urging about 2,300 patients Heart Clinic Raleigh to be tested for hepatitis B and C and HIV.
A class action lawsuit has been filed by patients against clinical Pamela Vines on behalf of patients who had cardiac stress tests.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail ( bit.ly/1MHewCU ) reports that the Heart Clinic Raleigh has not commented on the matter.