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Reportedly Infect Patients With Hepatitis C
POSTED: 8:07 a.m. EDT July 3, 2002
UPDATED: 8:42 a.m. EDT July 3, 2002
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn
anesthesiologist reportedly infected at least 19 patients with hepatitis
C by improperly reusing hypodermic needles.
A city Health
Department report found that Marvin Chiumento, an anesthesiologist at
the Bayridge Endoscopy and Digestive Health Center, probably caused the
outbreak by reusing a vial of medication and needles that had been
infected by a procedure on a patient with hepatitis C.
Department tested more than 2,000 patients who were treated at the
medical clinic between September 2000 and April 2001, detailing the
results in a 22-page report.
Hepatitis C is a
potentially fatal liver disease caused by a blood-borne virus spread by
contact with the blood of an infected person.
About 85 percent of
infected people develop chronic disease; which over a 10- to 20-year
period can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and cancer.
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