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Manor Care Response to Outbreak

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The nursing home and rehab center identified by the State Health Department as the source of the Hepatitis-C outbreak in Minot last year has made changes based on Health Department input.

That's what a statement released late last week by

Manor Care Health Systems says.

The statement says Manor Care has been very cooperative and proactive in making sure infection control procedure are followed.

It says the facility has changed its lab service provider and has implemented additional staff training for infection control.

The preliminary report on the outbreak from the Health Department said the 44 confirmed cases were in current or former resident of Manor Care.

The report says the exact method that Hepatitis-C was transmitted could not be identified.

The Health Department report said a few methods of transmission were possible culprits -- podiatry and blood draw services that were provide to Manor Care by Trinity Health, and nail care services done at Manor Care.

But, again, no exact method of infection was identified.

The Minot outbreak is the second-largest cluster of Hepatitis-C cases in the nation's history, and the largest outbreak ever to go unsolved.

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