MINOT, North Dakota — The North Dakota Health Department said Friday
it cannot pinpoint the source of a hepatitis C outbreak that infected 44
people from the Minot area.
All of the cases involved current or former residents
at ManorCare Health Services in Minot. Preliminary analysis suggested
that the infection might have been associated with nail care services at
ManorCare or blood services through Trinity Health, but further
investigation did not confirm transmission.
About one-third of all hepatitis C investigations fail to find an exact cause, health officials said.
“At this time we still do not fully understand how transmission occurred,” said Tracy Miller, state epidemiologist.