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8 more dialysis patients infected with hepatitis

EIGHT kidney patients were confirmed to be infected with hepatitis C after receiving dialysis at a hospital in east China's Anhui Province, health officials said yesterday.

The disease was spread through dialysis at the Shouxian County Hospital, said Li Shilin, head of the county health bureau.

The hospital was offering free health checks for its 95 dialysis patients, Li said.

Sixteen of them had tested positive for hepatitis C, but seven were proved to have caught the disease from other sources, and the origin of the disease in another recovered patient was not confirmed, he said.

All the dialysis patients infected with hepatitis C would receive free treatment at the county hospital, he said.

Hepatitis C is a potentially life-threatening form of the viral infection that can cause permanent liver damage.

Provincial health authorities ordered 142 medical agencies in Anhui to offer free blood tests for dialysis patients after 19 were found to have contracted hepatitis C at the Huoshan County Hospital in Anhui in November last year.

A month later, 15 infection cases were confirmed at Yicheng Hospital in Anqing City, Li said.


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