Hepatitis C investigation ongoing

first_imgHepatitis C probe■ Previously: Clark County Public Health and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center advised 936 former hospital patients to be tested for hepatitis C. An investigation revealed they may have been exposed to the disease through the actions of a former hospital employee.■ What’s new: PeaceHealth Southwest and public health officials continue their investigation and aren’t releasing any additional information until the investigation is complete.■ What’s next: PeaceHealth Southwest officials say they don’t have a timeline for the investigation’s completion.The monthslong investigation into possible hepatitis C exposure at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is still underway, and hospital officials say they don’t have a timeline for its completion.The hospital and Clark County Public Health launched the investigation earlier this year after learning hospital patients may have been exposed to hepatitis C, a contagious, blood-borne liver disease, through the actions of a former PeaceHealth Southwest employee suspected of diverting drugs.On May 19, hospital and public health officials mailed certified letters to 936 former patients — most of whom, if not all, are adults — who received care from the employee in question and were administered drugs during the course of their stay at the hospital.last_img read more