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5 IN VIRAL HEP. C CLUSTER DUE TO RE-USED NEEDLES|首例! 重複用針頭 桃園5人C肝群聚感染

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-05-17
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The first case of a cluster outbreak of viral hepatitis C was reported after Taoyuan's Weilian Clinic was discovered that needles had been reused. There has been five cases of acute viral Hepatitis C infection since the beginning of the year. As the virus can lie dormant for six months in the liver, the Centers for Disease Control urge anyone who had gone to the Weilian Clinic between last June and this May to go immediately for a blood test. This is about 1,200 people

Staff from the government health department are busy sealing up the clinic's medication and needles to prevent anyone else becoming infected with viral hepatitis C. There were five cases at the beginning of the year in Taoyuan City. The people experienced abdominal pain, fatigue, jaundice and other symptoms. In hospital they were diagnosed with acute viral hepatitis C liver infection. After investigation it was found that the five had all been to Yangmei's Wei Lian clinic for private medical treatment and intravenous food supplements. However, the clinic did not discard its needles and used them repeatedly. After comparison of the virus' genes, it was found that they all had the same source of infection. Thus this viral hepatitis C. cluster infection is due to re-use of needles.

==YANG CHING-HUI CDC Acute Infection Section==
They did not discard needles according to regulations, there are also out of date medications and the intravenous drip equipment was not kept properly.

The CDC said those infected had paid for private treatment of intravenous vitamins or glucose supplements. As the virus can lie dormant in the liver for six months, they call on anyone who may have gone to the clinic between June 10 last year and May 12 this year to immediately go and get a blood test. There are at least 1,200 people who may be affected.

==YANG CHING-HUI CDC Acute Infection Section==
These five cases were reported on Dec.10 last year, and the hepatitis c virus can lie dormant for six months, so we checked six months forward from that date.

Apart from re-using needles, the city health department found the clinic used out of date medication, hygiene practices were not systematic, and nurses carried out unauthorized blood letting, which is contrary to nursing regulations. The doctors and nurses were suspended for three months and sent to the district prosecutors' office. The doctor and pharmacists running the clinic will undergo disciplinary measures and the clinic's intravenous services have been closed.
TRANSLATED BY:CLARE LEAR