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Pushing for Hepatitis-C Outbreak Answers

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The director of a group formed to push for medical reforms to end Hepatitis outbreaks is meeting with family members and victims of the Minot Hepatitis-C outbreak today.

Steve Langan came to Minot to offer support to people impacted by the second-largest outbreak of the disease in US history.

He is with the group called HONOReform - which stands for Hepatitis Outbreaks National Organization for Reform.

He says be brings an important message to those dealing with the potentially-deadly disease.

(Steve Langan, HONOReform Executive Director) "There's hope. But we also want to work alongside them on their behalf to get answers. This is a mysterious outbreak, the most mysterious one I've been involved in over the last five years. So we want to work with them to find answers, we want to give them support - we have a toolkit, compassionate response toolkit, that we'll give to them today when they stop by."

Langan says he is meeting with officials at the State Health Department tomorrow, hoping to convince them to take another look at the data collected in the investigation into the outbreak.

The Minot outbreak is the largest-ever to go unsolved - with no definitive explanation of how the 44 victims contracted the blood-borne disease.

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