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NH Hepatitis C Outbreak Grows To 27

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EXETER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials have confirmed six more cases of hepatitis C as they continue to investigate an outbreak linked to Exeter Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab.

Altogether, 27 people have tested positive for the same strain of the blood-borne viral infection, which can cause liver disease and chronic health issues. State officials suspect a worker’s misuse of drugs led to the outbreak.

Anyone who was treated at the lab since October 2010 has been asked to get tested, either at the hospital or at alternate sites in Hampton and Portsmouth.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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