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04 March, 2008

Did You Get Infected in Las Vegas?

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Is that you? The city of Las Vegas shut down the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada last Friday after state health officials determined that six patients had contracted hepatitis C because of unsafe practices including clinic staff reusing syringes and vials. Nevada health officials are trying to contact about 40,000 patients who received anesthesia by injection at the clinic between March 2004 and Jan. 11 to urge them to get tested for hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV.

Do you know someone infected? I've got two people at work who have to get tested. Estimates are that's a $450 blood test every three months for three years, the every six months for three years then once a year FOR LIFE.

Veterans get the test for free but who's going to pay for the rest?