Hepatitis B outbreak kills six due to unsafe blood glucose monitoring

By: February 23rd, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

An investigation by the CDC found that a North Carolina assisted-living facility was sharing blood glucose meters and reusable fingerstick devices meant for single patient use.

A Hepatitis B outbreak in October 2010 killed six residents at Glen Care Assisted Living in Mount Olive, NC, because the devices were reused among residents.

The North Carolina Division of Public Health (NCDPH) tested everyone who lived in the facility from January 1 to October 13, 2010, reports the CDC. They found either positive hepatitis B surface antigen and core immunoglobulin or evidence of acute hepatitis six weeks after being admitted.


And with the 6 aleady dead, how many more are infected? This is such a flagrant violation that I hope the DA there considers criminally charging the people involved in this.

So was it the monitor or that they were reusing fingerstick needles? I find it very hard to believe that you can get Hep B from the monitor.


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