Hepatitis C Outbreak Hearing Planned

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A state task force plans to hear
testimony Feb. 21 regarding hepatitis C and an outbreak made public
last year that linked nine cases of the infection to two Las Vegas
clinics.

State officials are expected to hear testimony from patients and
others in the medical industry about the disease itself, the
outbreak and ideas for future programs.

The clinics at the center of the Las Vegas outbreak with nine
confirmed cases are now closed. Another 105 cases were considered
possibly linked to clinic practices ore reusing syringes.

Hepatitis is a viral infection of the liver. The most common,
form, hepatitis C, afflicts more than 3 million Americans, is
potentially life-threatening and can cause permanent liver damage.
It may cause no initial symptoms and can go undetected for years.

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