Five Die From Hepatitis Outbreak in Nursing Home

The owner of one nursing home where five residents have died from hepatitis B says public health  officials are investigating the cause of the infection. Specifically, investigators are looking to see whether a shared blood testing needle may have spread the disease. According to state public health investigators, staff at the facility siad that five medical technicians had reused diabetes pens when checking patients' blood sugar levels.

According to the authorities, eight patients at the facility contracted the disease, and five of them have died. Hepatitis B is a blood-borne disease typically transmitted by exposure to blood or body fluids. The state health department has not issued its report on the deaths, but according to their spokesman, they should be releasing findings on the issue in the near future. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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