CDC Blames Employees For Hepatitis C Outbreak In Vegas

May 18, 2008

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blaming employees at a Las Vegas clinic for the outbreak of hepatitis C.  The outbreak was widespread, impacting nearly 50,000 patients in some capacity.Las Vegas (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blaming employees at a Las Vegas clinic for the outbreak of hepatitis C. The outbreak was widespread, impacting nearly 50,000 patients in some capacity.

The CDC said in the report that employees at the the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada caused the outbreak of hepatitis C, which infected more than 80 patients.

The CDC found that it was common practice to reuse syringes at the Las Vegas clinic. Hepatitis C spreads through blood, making the syringes a prime suspect here from the start.

Due to this revelation, over 50,000 patients have been asked to be tested for not only hepatitis C, but also hepatitis B and HIV.

The clinic has been fined $500,000 by the Nevada Health Division.

Medical licenses of doctors Dipak Desai and Eladio Carrera have been suspended with hearings upcoming as well.


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