West Virginia Urges Testing After Hepatitis B Outbreak
June 7, 2010
The West Virginia Bureau of Public Health (WVBPH) is contacting almost 2,000 people who may be at risk of hepatitis B after participating in a free dental clinic.
The alert centers on patients and volunteers who took part in the Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic in Berkeley County in June 2009. In November, three clinic patients and two volunteers developed acute hepatitis B. WVBPH is not sure all the cases are linked to the clinic, but tests show four likely were infected by the same source.
Letters recommending testing are being mailed to 1,137 clinic patients and 826 clinic volunteers. Although most of those affected are West Virginians, others receiving the letters are residents of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.
06.04.2010; Tim Huber
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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