Documents in Hepatitis Scare to be Returned

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Medical documents seized by authorities
investigating a hepatitis scare at a Las Vegas medical center will
soon be returned.

Las Vegas police say work will begin Saturday to package all
impounded patient files so they may be released back to the
Gastroenterology Center of Nevada and its various locations.

Police anticipate the files will be released to patients by
January 2009.

In February, police and health officials seized records from six
of the center's locations.

They were investigating the center and its founder, Dr. Dipak
Desai. Desai also owned the majority of The Endoscopy Clinic of
Southern Nevada where 40,000 patients were potentially exposed to
hepatitis C and HIV through contaminated vials.

Desai has since been barred from practicing medicine in Nevada
and faces disciplinary hearings by the medical board.


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