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Health officials find 7 probable cases of hepatitis C following outbreak at Puyallup hospital

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Puyallup, Wash. -

 (AP) - County health officials have discovered seven probable cases of hepatitis C and 12 cases that require additional investigation following an outbreak at a hospital near Tacoma.
  
The News Tribune reports the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced the possible new cases Wednesday after the MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup Issued a hepatitis C warning for 2,600 emergency room patients last month.
  
The hospital advised patients to get tested if they were treated in its ER from August 4, 2017, to March 23, 2018. Officials say tests have been conducted on 1,065 patients.
  
The test results will be submitted to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further analysis.
  
Two patients previously tested positive. Officials say the cases might be linked to a nurse who treated the two patients.
  
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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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