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Hepatitis-C Advocacy Group Visits Minot

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The director of a group formed to push for medical reforms to end Hepatitis outbreaks met 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 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. We're not lawyers. We're not epidemiologists either. But we do have experience and know there are a host of issues that they face. Physical ones naturally. But emotional, spiritual, financial, and of course legal situations that they're going to encounter."

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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