Officials: Vegas Clinic Patients May Have Been Exposed to Disease

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Health officials say about 40,000 patients may have been exposed to hepatitis C while receiving treatment at a Las
Vegas clinic.

The Southern Nevada Health District said Wednesday that patients who received injections for anesthesia at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada during the past four years are at risk of infection.

Hepatitis C is a a chronic, potentially lethal blood-borne virus that can cause liver ailments, including cancer and liver failure.

Officials recommend that patients who went to the clinic between March 2004 and Jan. 11, 2008 should get tested for the virus as
well as hepatitis B and HIV.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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