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Clinic accused after 200 contract hepatitis C

By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)

11:01, February 23, 2012

Around 200 people have been infected with hepatitis C in Zijin County in southern Guangdong Province, and many accuse a local clinic of being the source.

A large number of infected people said they received injections at the Chengdong clinic and claimed staff reused needles, China Central Television reported yesterday.

But local hygiene authorities have found no evidence to back these allegations and the investigation to find the source is continuing, the report said.

The outbreak was first recorded last October when several households around the densely populated Xiangshui Road area tested positive for hepatitis C.

Many households had more than one infected person, with seven cases reported in one family, the report said.

"Last year, my wife, my two grandchildren and I all received injections in that clinic. Now we have all contracted the disease," one elderly resident told CCTV.

He added: "Once you've received an injection at that clinic, that's you infected!"

Local residents said they always went to the Chengdong clinic on Xiangshui Road to receive treatment.

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