Mayo Clinic Testing Patients For Hepatitis C

By: AP
By: AP

Jacksonville, Florida (AP) --

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is alerting patients after discovering a radiology technologist may have put them at risk of contracting Hepatitis C.

The Mayo Clinic has tested 2,400 patients and sent letters to
2,100 more on Monday, September 20.

The clinic says the former employee admitted stealing an
injectable painkiller for personal use. His strain of Hepatitis C
was similar to one that infected three patients.

The employee's name has not been released. He was fired in
August.

Dr. William C. Rupp, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Florida, says
they want to ensure every patient at risk is tested, and expressed
confidence the majority of affected patients have been identified.


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