Las Vegas Hepatitis Exposure News
Health officials in southern Nevada say that staff at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada may have known that both of the patients who were the source of the Las Vegas hepatitis scare were infected before they received treatment. Officials with the Southern Nevada Health District identified the two patients as the source of the hepatitis outbreak this week.
Nevada health officials say that patients who may have been exposed to hepatitis C or other illnesses at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada will now be able to access medical records from their treatment there. All of the medical records from the Las Vegas clinics were seized four months ago by police, but were unavailable to patients because they were so disorganized.
The Southern Nevada Health District recently sent over 40,000 letters to patients who were treated at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada. The Las Vegas clinic and its affiliate, the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, are both linked to an outbreak of hepatitis C and HIV. However, only patients treated after March 2004 received warnings. More »
A leading insurance provider has told all of its members who were treated at a Las Vegas endoscopy clinic that they need to be tested to see if they contracted a blood-borne illness at the facility. Health officials in southern Nevada have stated previously that only patients who underwent treatment at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada after March 2004 need to be tested.
The city of Las Vegas has revoked the business license and imposed a $500,000 fine on a area clinic whose unsafe medical practices may have exposed more than 40,000 patients to hepatitis or HIV. The city had suspended the license of the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada on February 29 after health inspectors learned of the unsafe practices which were being carried out there.
Authorities have “flagged” the passport of the main owner of the Las Vegas clinics whose unsafe medical practices may have caused more than 40,000 patients to be exposed to hepatitis C or other illnesses. Flagging Dr. Dipak Desai’s passport will cause authorities to be notified if he tries to leave the country.