2 Las Vegas Clinics in Hepatitis Case Surrender Business Licenses

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two Las Vegas medical clinics at the center of southern Nevada's hepatitis C outbreak have surrendered their business licenses and paid a total of $500,000 in fines.

Mayor Oscar Goodman and lawyers for the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada and the Gastroenterology Center of Nevada say the
clinics won't reopen.

The moves avoided a public hearing at which clinic doctors and nurses had been called to testify about the City Council's preliminary revocation of the business licenses after six patients contracted the potentially fatal disease during procedures.

A seventh patient has since been identified with the virus.

Health inspectors believe the virus was spread by unsafe injection practices at the clinics.

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

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