Hepatitis May Be Linked To Medical Technician

Authorities said a technician at a medical clinic in southern North Carolina may have caused seven patients to become infected with hepatitis C.

State Health Director Dr. Leah Devlin said Tuesday state officials are contacting 1,200 patients who underwent cardiac stress tests within the last 14 months at Scotland Cardiology in Laurinburg. Health officials are recommending patients be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the HIV virus.

Devlin said officials determined the cases may be linked to the only technician conducting the test, which involves injecting a dye into a patient's vein. She said the investigation is ongoing.

The clinic is run by Laurinburg's mayor, Dr. Matthew Block, who is being investigated by the state Medical Board on allegations he issued more than 100 prescriptions to a family member.

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  • by samantha Location: jacksonville on Sep 3, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    Thats just gross, and yeah it sounds like they were reusing needles.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Sep 3, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    Sounds to me like they might have been reusing needles!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    I was under the impression that hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the HIV virus were passed by blood and other bodily fluids. From the way this sounds the tech was injecting a dye, so does that mean people are at risk of such things just getting blood taken and other invasive medical test?

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