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56 hepatitis C cases in villages

AT least 56 people in two adjacent villages in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province have been diagnosed with hepatitis C virus, health authorities said.

Fifty-six out of 408 people who voluntarily had blood tests in Ninggu and Gucheng villages in Hailin City, were confirmed to be infected with hepatitis C. Ninggu and adjacent Gucheng, have a population of 579. Local authorities said the village's clinic had poor sanitation and its doctor used unhygienic or expired medical equipment and drugs.


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