Sixth Hepatitis B Death At GlenCare

A sixth person has died in connection with a hepatitis B outbreak at a Wayne County assisted living center.

Public health officials say the former resident of GlenCare of Mount Olive died November 23. While the woman's cause of death is not known, the state says she was diagnosed with acute hepatitis B virus in October during the screening of residents at the facility.

Follow up testing shows that two additional residents have antibodies to hepatitis B that indicate possible infection with the virus. The state says those two residents were never diagnosed and both have recovered.

The state believes unsafe use of blood-glucose monitors likely caused the outbreak.

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