Hygiene mistakes prompt infection screening at VA hospitals

05/30/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The discovery of improper hygiene practices at Veterans Affairs hospitals in Ohio, Florida and three other states prompted officials to warn almost 13,000 veterans over the past two years to get tested for possible infections. Of almost 12,000 tested patients, VA officials found eight HIV diagnoses and 61 cases of hepatitis B or C, although it remains unclear whether the cases were due to treatment at the hospitals.

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