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Patients sue hospital over Hep C infections

SIX kidney patients in northwestern China have filed law suits against a hospital accusing it of using contaminated equipment in dialysis treatments and infecting them with hepatitis C virus.

The patients from Baiyin City, Gansu Province, are asking Baiyin No.1 Court for 100,000 yuan (US$14,648) each as compensation, reported Lanzhou Morning Post today.

Feng Ligang, one of the infected patients, said at least 14 people who received blood dialysis in the hospital have contracted the potentially fatal liver disease since last June. Feng said the disease has become a great burden.

Feng said his doctor told him he had lost all chances of getting a kidney transplant after he was infected with hepatitis C.

Xu Weidong, the vice head of the hospital, confirmed that 14 kidney patients had been diagnosed with hepatitis C but denied it was related to the hospital's dialysis treatment.

The dialysis center said it now ran full blood tests on kidney patients before treatment to avoid cross-infection. They also disinfect the equipment after every treatment.


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