Official: Hepatitis C Cases in Vegas Total 114

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A top Las Vegas area health official says investigators have found 114 people contracted hepatitis C while
they were treated at two Las Vegas medical clinics between March
2004 and this year.

That's up from 86 in July.

But the Southern Nevada Health District can't say for sure if all those patients got the blood-borne liver disease from reused syringes and medicine vials at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada and the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center.

To date, just nine cases of hepatitis C have been directly linked to the two clinics. Officials say others could have contracted the disease in other ways.

Senior health district epidemiologist Brian Labus says he's beginning to prepare a final report on the hepatitis C investigation that has become the largest public health notification operation in U.S. history.

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

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