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.
Aneurin Bevan Health Board said that, as part of look back exercise
to find any patients who may have contracted the disease from the
worker, who is now retired, two further women had been identified.
exercise, which saw more than 3,300 patients being tested for the
virus, was launched in September after the health board became aware
that a former healthcare worker in obstetrics and gynaecology had been
diagnosed with hepatitis C and had unknowingly transmitted the virus to
two patients between May 1984 and July 2003.
Thousands of former
patients were written to and tested for the virus, and it has been
discovered that hepatitis C was transmitted from the former healthcare
worker to the further two women.
(Reuters) – A
former hospital technician in New Hampshire who caused patients as old
as 80 to become infected with hepatitis pleaded guilty to leaving dirty
syringes for hospital use after he injected himself with stolen
The technician, David
Kwiatkowski, had previously admitted to knowing that he was infected
with hepatitis C. In papers filed on Monday in federal court in New
Hampshire, he pleaded guilty to 14 criminal counts related to seven
cases in which he caused infections in patients ranging in age from
about 40 to more than 80.
The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating a cluster of
recent Hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases in Ward County. Two women and one
man, all over the age of 60, are diagnosed with the virus.
Tests indicate the virus from the three cases is genetically linked,
which means it may have been spread by same person. Health officials
are currently working to identify how the individuals were exposed and
evaluate any possible associations. Anyone who may be associated with
the cases will be tested for the virus.