Officials investigate hepatitis C outbreak in N.H.
Patient Safety Monitor Insider
June 13, 2012
Nine patients and one hospital employee in New Hampshire have now been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital. The hospital first announced the outbreak on May 31, after four people had been diagnosed with the same strain of the virus. The only apparent connection between those diagnoses is the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory, prompting hospital officials to contact all 651 of the people that have been treated in the lab since August 2011. State health officials are examining all possible causes for the outbreak and the transmission of the disease within the lab.