CDC Reviews Hepatitis Outbreak At Mount Olive Nursing Home

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the hepatitis-related deaths of six North Carolina nursing home residents shows the need for vigilance in infection control

In a report released Thursday, the agency said the hepatitis outbreak at GlenCare of Mount Olive shows health officials need to step up efforts to ensure compliance with safety guidelines.

State health officials last year found violations at the facility involving the unsafe sharing of blood glucose monitoring equipment. They said the faulty procedures likely spread Hepatitis B to eight elderly residents, including six who died.

The CDC review says similar lapses have caused 16 outbreaks of Hepatitis B at assisted living facilities around the country since 2004.

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