3 seen at clinic have hep­ati­tis

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

ST. LOUIS — Three vet­er­ans treated at the St. Louis VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s den­tal clinic have tested pos­i­tive for hep­ati­tis, and fur­ther test­ing will be nec­es­sary to de­ter­mine if in­ad­e­quately ster­il­ized den­tal equip­ment is to blame, Vet­er­ans Af­fairs of­fi­cials said. The re­sults come about a month af­ter the VA sent letters to 1,812 vet­er­ans treated at the clinic from Feb. 1, 2009, to March 11, 2010, urg­ing them to take blood tests be­cause they could have been ex­posed to hep­ati­tis B, hep­ati­tis C or HIV.

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