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Recycled needles spread hepatitis C

By Liu Nanxue and Li Yao (China Daily)

08:28, November 30, 2011

A girl displays a medical report claiming she has been diagnosed with hepatitis C virus in a hospital in Anhui province, Nov 28, 2011. (CFP Photo)

BOZHOU, Anhui -Thirteen people, including at least six children, were confirmed to have contracted hepatitis C in a recent outbreak in Guoyang county, Anhui province. Forty-three others were suspected to have been infected, but will have to go through more tests to confirm if they have actually contracted the disease.

The disease spread after a private clinic in the neighboring Henan province allegedly reused dirty needles, according to initial investigations led by Anhui's health bureau.

Six children, aged between two and six, are being treated at No 1 Hospital Affiliated to Anhui Medical University in the provincial capital Hefei. Seven others, whose ages are not known yet, have been sent to hospitals in Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province.

Most of the confirmed victims used to receive medical services at Miaoqian clinic, a family-run business in Maqiao township in Henan province, about eight kilometers from the border of Anhui and Henan.

Some parents claimed to have seen the same needle used to inject different children.

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