More Patients Sick From Dirty Tubing At VA Hospitals

The Veterans Administration has revealed that another patient has tested positive for HIV, bringing the total to four such cases among patients who got endoscope procedures at VA hospitals in Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.

The agency also said a new hepatitis case has been discovered, increasing the number of positive tests to 26. More than 4,270 veterans still have yet to get test results.

Nearly 11,000 former sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines could have been exposed to infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis because three VA hospitals in the Southeast treated patients with dirty equipment. The hospitals are in Miami, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Augusta, Ga.

The VA is refusing to say if it found similar problems at its other 150 hospitals or if more patients should get blood tests.

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