Injection Suspected as Cause of Hepatitis Infection
   2011-11-29 12:30:38    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Jiang

A child infected with Hepatitis C receives treatment at the First Hospital affiliated to Anhui Medical University in Hefei, provincial capital city of Anhui province on November 28, 2011. [Photo: CFP]

Related: 6 More Found Infected after Hepatitis C Outbreak

An incident of Hepatitis C infection, suspected to have been caused by unhygienic intravenous injection, has occurred in a region on the border of Anhui and Henan provinces with some of the victims being underage toddlers.

So far, 13 people in the Dancheng township of Woyang county, Anhui province have tested positive for the Hepatitis C virus. A total of 56 people tested positive in a preliminary screening test. Further nucleic acid tests on 16 of those confirmed that 13 people had been infected.

Most of the people infected with the virus visited a clinic in the Maqiao township of Yongcheng city, in the neighboring Henan province. There is a possibility that the infection was caused by unhygienic injection, the People's Daily learnt from the Health Department of Anhui province.

Villagers of the Dancheng township revealed that local residents usually take their children to the Miaoqian clinic for treatment, and that children who had received injections at the clinic were recently found to have been infected.

Gao Pei, vice director of the Woyang disease control and prevention center, told the newspaper that an epidemic survey of 20 people showed they had all had injections at the Miaoqian clinic. Local residents also complained to the center that they had seen doctors at the clinic use the same needle to inject multiple patients.

The exact number of people who were infected is still unknown. The People's Daily report says the people found infected so far have no history of blood transfusion, blood donation, operation, or contact with Hepatitis C infected patients.

Health experts have taken samples for further testing and have taken action to contain the infection.

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