Judge: Vegas Clinics Must Show Financial Records

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A judge has ruled that Las Vegas medical clinics linked to a hepatitis C outbreak have to turn over financial records to lawyers representing infected patients.

Clark County District Court Judge Allan Earl on Tuesday ordered the two sides to hammer out a confidentiality agreement and complete the records transfer by the end of the year.

Earl originally ordered the records to be turned over last May.

But lawyers for the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada and the Gastroenterolgy Center of Nevada have failed to persuade the Nevada
Supreme Court to intervene.

The clinics closed early last year, after health officials linked hepatitis C infections to improper injection practices.

Since then, the Southern Nevada Health District has traced nine cases of hepatitis C to the two clinics, and said another 105 cases might stem from procedures at the clinics.

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

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