August 17, 2009 |
By her own admission, Kristen Diane Parker cruised for empty operating rooms at the Denver hospital where she worked. The surgical technician would slip into the rooms and steal syringes of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller, replacing them with syringes she'd filled with saline, she later confessed to investigators. Parker, who has hepatitis C, had allegedly used those decoy syringes -- the source of transmission, authorities believe, for at least 23 Coloradans now infected with the liver-damaging disease.
January 1, 1993 |
Hoping to curb a hepatitis-A outbreak, health officials Thursday ordered workers in 7,000 establishments to use gloves or utensils when handling food. The outbreak, traced to employees of a catering business, has made 11 people ill and driven thousands to hospitals, doctors' offices and public health clinics seeking injections for protection.
July 17, 2008 |
Grammy-winning singer Natalie Cole has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, her publicist said in a statement Wednesday. Hepatitis C is a liver disease spread through contact with infected blood. The statement said the disease was revealed during a routine examination and was likely caused by her drug use years ago. Her physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Graham Woolf, said Cole, 58, has had a "terrific response to her medication and is now virus negative." He added that this "gives her an increased chance of cure."
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March 31, 1993 |
Two workers in the meat department at Smith's Food and Drug Center on Orangethorpe Avenue have hepatitis, but there is no health risk to the public, according to an ongoing investigation by the Orange County Health Care Agency. The two workers have been taken off the job, along with three other workers who are being tested for infectious hepatitis, according to Rick Greenwood, deputy director of public health.
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December 27, 1989
Los Angeles County health officials are investigating an outbreak of about 80 cases of hepatitis A at USC in late November and early December. Dr. Laurene Mascola, deputy chief of acute infectious diseases for the county Department of Health Services, said the infectious liver ailment had struck mostly students, but some staff members had also been afflicted. All of the cases seem to have been related to exposure to the hepatitis A virus in late October.
November 15, 2003 |
A third person died Friday and nearly 500 others who ate at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant have fallen ill in a large outbreak of hepatitis A, officials said. Health investigators are focusing on whether contaminated produce -- perhaps scallions -- caused the outbreak at the restaurant in the Beaver Valley Mall, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
November 8, 2003 |
A man hospitalized with complications from a hepatitis A outbreak that has infected more than 185 people died, hospital officials said. The man, one of five people hospitalized in the outbreak, died less than a week after health officials announced the cases of the infectious liver disease, which were apparently linked to a Chi-Chi's restaurant at a mall near Pittsburgh. Food-borne outbreaks of hepatitis A generally involve uncooked food handled by people with hepatitis A.
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May 23, 1988 |
So-called "Type A" hepatitis, a liver disease traditionally linked to poor hygiene, is showing up more and more in outbreaks among drug abusers, federal health researchers say. Outbreaks of hepatitis A among drug abusers have occurred in California, New York and a variety of other locations across the country in the last two years, the national Centers for Disease Control said.
May 17, 2008 |
A hepatitis C outbreak was caused by workers improperly reusing syringes and medicine vials at a Las Vegas clinic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. State officials contacted the CDC this year after two people treated at the now-closed Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada were diagnosed with hepatitis C. Officials have linked 84 cases of the liver disease to the clinic after notifying 50,000 patients to be tested. The CDC reported that during visits to the clinic, investigators saw employees reusing syringes to give sedatives and that interviews suggested it was common practice.
October 20, 1989 |
GTE Corp., fearful that hundreds of employees may have been exposed to hepatitis by a cafeteria worker, Thursday planned to begin inoculating all 700 workers against the virus. Stamford Health Department officials said four cases of the highly contagious virus have been reported, involving two GTE employees and two cafeteria workers.