OGH: Hepatitis Not Related to Pens

Olean General Hospital says the confirmed cases of hepatitis in Cattaraugus County have not been linked to re-use of insulin pens at the hospital.

Hospital spokesman Dennis McCarthy says there is no documentation showing that any patient received an insulin injection from another patient’s pen. The hospital did send letters to nearly 2,000 patients last month saying they might have received insulin from pens used on more than one patient, which is against federal lines, and they suggested that the patients be tested for hepatitis and HIV.

He says, although the 13 people who tested positive were patients at the hospital, it’s possible they had the disease before they were admitted because it can remain dormant for years.

The Cattaraugus County Board of Health says the people who tested positive will be tested again using a different method in order to rule out false positive results.

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