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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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Apr 27, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    Devil Dog and "Me" I could not agree with you more! If you want a preview of Government run healthcare, go to one of our fine learning institutes called "public school".. China and Japan will be far ahead of us in the years to come.
  • by Me on Apr 27, 2009 at 03:31 AM
    Devil Dog: You are exactly correct. This is an excellent example of why we don't want the government involved in healthcare!
  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville on Apr 27, 2009 at 02:44 AM
    This is a preview of GOVERNMENT run healthcare!!!
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on Apr 26, 2009 at 08:55 PM
    WITN--please post what "vet" has to say. I'd like to read it
  • by vet Location: USA on Apr 26, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    Witn: what happened to my post. I have been to the va many times, but never again. it appears that you are withholding my post, because of my truthful observation of the va employees. You should go there and take a camera with you.. you would be amazed. I am a vet..ah forget it.
  • by r Location: n on Apr 26, 2009 at 07:33 PM
    I can tell you some stories about the va. Bad
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