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Hepatitis C Outbreak in Minot Update

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Hepatitis C strikes an unusual age group.

This morning State Health official are briefed about the progress in tracking the source of the Hepatitis C outbreak in Minot. 
The investigation started earlier this year in June.
Nearly 500 individuals have been tested.
To date, 35 cases have been confirmed.
One long term care facility in Minot had a 30% positivity rate.

(Kirby Kruger / ND Health Dept.) "We started doing in depth chart reviews on all the cases that had been reported to us at that time. Looking for a common denominator. Whether it was something in their health care delivery or something in their personal life. We started looking and anything and everything that could possibly be linked to the transmission of hepatitis C."

The state did ask the Centers for Disease Control for assistance.
Kruger says the state plans to continue their investigation of some of the outpatient services these individuals had received.
He says they plan to test another 100 individuals in the Minot area.

 

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