(NEWS NOW) – Thousands of people may have been exposed to blood infections in a clinic in New Jersey.
According to CNN information, the HealthPlus Surgery Center have warned more than 3,000 patients who may have been exposed to blood pathogens if they had an outpatient procedure in Sedlo Brook between January and September 2018.
An investigation by the Department of Health in New Jersey revealed that HealthPlus employees they have not followed the sterilization procedures and that medical instruments have not been cleaned properly, who could expose patients to blood diseases, such as Hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
According to the state health department, no infection has been reported until the protocol has been reported and all affected patients have been notified.
Janelle Fleming, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health in New Jersey, said on Monday that "although the risk of infection is low, due to a number of precautions, HealthPlus and the Department of Health in New Jersey recommend patients to perform tests to detect hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. "
According to a press release, the HealthPlus surgical center offers a sorting, orthopedics, pain management and plastic surgery.
The HealthPlus letter for the affected patients says the next step is that All patients are recorded for blood infections and the center will pay for the medical costs associated with the tests if the recommended providers perform.
According to the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, infections with hepatitis B and C can start between two and six weeks after exposure to the person.
But the infected person may not have any symptoms.
Face with hepatitis B It can be improved without treatment, while others may experience a long-term illness that can cause liver damage. Hepatitis C It should be treated and it is a long-term disease that can also cause liver damage.
HIV is a virus that causes AIDS. It can stay in the body and slowly damage the immune system, making it difficult to fight infections.
"We all in HealthPlus realize that this can be annoying," the letter writes, and continues to explain that "the failure to control the infections in the sterilization / cleaning and injection tools of drugs" They can expose patients to various types of diseases.
Objects where tests can be performed.
HealthPlus closed after the September 7 report and was reopened the same month after making the necessary procedural changes to comply with the guidelines of the Department of Health in New Jersey and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. UU