CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateNORTH DAKOTA: ND DOH Reports Investigation of Hepatitis C Outbreak Inconclusive
By Emma Rogers
January 3, 2014
Vaccine News Daily (01.01.2014)
Vaccine News Daily reported that the North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDDOH) initial investigation of a hepatitis C outbreak at Minot’s ManorCare Health Services Center did not identify conclusively the breach in infection control procedures that caused the outbreak. State Epidemiologist Tracy Miller stated that the investigation’s goals were to identify the modes of transmission or hepatitis C risk factors in the ManorCare population and to stop the virus’s spread in the facility. Miller noted that specialists believed the hepatitis C outbreak resulted from “improper podiatry, phlebotomy,” or nail care services. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus.
Miller affirmed that ManorCare healthcare providers were collaborating with NDDOH to review and strengthen the facility’s infection control policies and protocols. NDDOH has engaged a hepatitis C specialist to assist with the ongoing investigation and to train ManorCare staff on infection control.