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SPAIN: Ten Alicante Patients Contract Hepatitis Through Medical Negligence


El Pais (02.20.2014)

An article in El País reported that 10 patients treated at Marina Baixa Hospital, in Spain’s Alicante province, in late November/early December 2011 contracted hepatitis C virus (HCV) due to medical negligence, according to an official study. The report by the epidemiology section of the Valencian Health Service, dated August 30 of last year but not released to the public until this week, details the case of a 35-year-old woman who filed a complaint after discovering her HCV infection was linked to her surgery at the hospital in late 2011. The health service’s study details that nine other patients became infected around the same time, likely due to use of the same saline solution bag for intravenous transfusions instead of individual bags as recommended by guidelines. While there may be other cases, 13 other patients had died by the time of the study and investigators were unable to locate one British national who also was hospitalized at the same time.


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