HUMBOLDT COUNTY, NV-- At least 21 members of the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe have been possibly exposed to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV, according to the tribe's Chairman, Tildon Smart.
He tells KOLO 8 News Now Wednesday they discovered a blood glucose monitoring pen had been reused on reservation members during the Diabetes Wellness Program. The program is managed by Indian Health Services, according to Smart.
Smart says Indian Health Services will begin testing at Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca Monday.
Smart says he and half of his staff were exposed to the diseases, along with other members of the reservation. Tests are pending to confirm whether or not they became infected.
KOLO 8 News Now has reached out to Indian Health Services for comment. They have not returned our calls and emails.
The Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe is located 70 miles north of Winnemucca, near the Nevada/Oregon border.