hepatitis c

NH News
6:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Hospitals Go High Tech to Secure Drugs

A nurse at Cheshire Medical Center removes narcotics from an automated dispensing cabinet.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Denis Fortier is Director of Pharmacy at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. When he started in the field 30 years ago, that job involved loading carts with Dixie cups full of prescriptions.

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NH News
5:12 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Hepatitis C Outbreak Continues to Grow

Four more cases of hepatitis C have been confirmed stemming from an outbreak at Exeter Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. That brings the total to 31 infections, including one hospital employee.

The Division of Public Health Services is asking all patients who received services between October, 2010 and May, 2012 to get tested for the liver-destroying virus.

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NH News
5:03 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

More Confirmed Cases in Hepatitis C Outbreak

Public health officials say six more Exeter Hospital patients have tested positive for Hepatitis C. That brings the total number of infections to 27.

Local, state and federal law enforcement are still investigating the cause of the outbreak. An Exeter Hospital employee is suspected of exposing patients to the liver-destroying virus by mishandling needles.

NH News
4:46 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Another Patient Tests Positive for Hep C

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says another Exeter Hospital patient has tested positive for the original strain of hepatitis C. This brings the total count to 21—20 patients and 1 hospital employee.

The current testing pool includes anyone associated with the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab or recovery room between October 1, 2010 and May 25, 2012.

New Hampshire Director of Public Health, José Montero, says that the DHHS continues to work in close collaboration with Exeter Hospital while the CDC independently checks testing results.

NH News
5:36 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Questions Remain Following Hepatitis C Outbreak

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After a lifetime of health challenges, the last thing Katrina wanted to hear was that she’d contracted Hepatitis C. 

“I was devastated,” says the 41-year old, whose last name is being withheld at her request.

She also suffers from diabetes and kidney failure, and believes she got Hep C about five years ago, possibly from sharing razors with a female roommate.

Because Hep C can live in the body for decades without producing symptoms, it’s sometimes called the silent killer.

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Facts and Stats
10:17 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Hepatitis C Facts And Stats

Histopatholgical image of hepatocellular carcinoma in a patient with liver cirrhosis by chronic hepatitis C infection.

Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver which can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, toxins, drugs, or heavy alcohol use. Hepatitis also refers specifically to the viral infections that cause inflammation of the liver; hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. The most common hepatitis viruses are A, B, and C. Vaccines for hepatitis A and B have been part of routine childhood vaccinations since the mid 1990s.  

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NH News
6:11 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Drug Diversion Most Likely Cause Of Hepatitis C Outbreak

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says that drug diversion is the most likely cause of the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. Health officials also expect to discover more cases of the virus.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Hepatitis C Investigation Continues

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services continues to work with Exeter Hospital to determine the source and scope of the hepatitis C outbreak.

All 10 affected individuals—9 patients and 1 employee— have had a connection with the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. They have been diagnosed with the same strain of the virus.

Exeter Hospital has expanded testing to include patients associated with the lab between April 2011 and August 2011—that’s several months beyond the original timeline.

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NH News
5:16 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Six More People Infected With Hepatitis C

Six more patients at the Exeter Hospital have been infected with hepatitis C, bringing the total to 10.

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