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New Cases of Possible Hepatitis Exposure at Heart Clinic

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More cases involving patients possibly exposed to hepatitis at a heart clinic in West Virginia have emerged.

 

Attorney Stephen New tells WVVA-TV that his firm has 60 clients who he believes contracted hepatitis from the Raleigh Heart Clinic in Beckley.

More than 2,300 clinic patients received letters from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in March, saying they may have been exposed to hepatitis B and C as well as HIV.

 

At the time, health officials said they were investigating 12 cases of hepatitis linked to injectable medications given during cardiac stress tests at the clinic.

 

In May, Raleigh County commissioners approved more than $8,600 to the health department to help cover the costs of testing.


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