CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateNORTH DAKOTA: 35 in Minot Area Test Positive for Hepatitis C
By Carson Walker, Associated Press
November 13, 2013
Bismarck Tribune (11.12.2013)
The Bismarck Tribune reported that on November 12, the North Dakota Health Department said an additional eight individuals tested positive for hepatitis C in an ongoing investigation for which they have not yet identified the virus outbreak’s source. According to State Epidemiologist Tracy Miller, the additional positive tests, which bring the total of individuals infected to 35, are not new infections. Investigators have tested approximately 500 individuals associated with the nursing home ManorCare Health Services–Minot thus far, and they could test more as they continue to look for the source of the outbreak, which began in August. So far, they have eliminated drug use, pain management treatments, and emergency room visits, but are looking at the possibility of a common source of medical treatment.