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Warning over hepatitis C doctor


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Sep 10, 2004
More than 2,000 women have been warned that they may have contracted hepatitis C after being treated by a gynaecologist suffering from the virus.
Patients from 25 hospitals across England and two Scottish health boards were told of the scare in letters from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

They have been asked to take a blood tests to make sure they are safe.

The infected gynaecologist has been transferred to an area of healthcare where patients are not at risk.

The doctor, who has not been named, had not originally known he or she had the virus, which can lead to chronic liver disease.

Although hepatitis C does not often reveal symptoms, the virus can cause abdominal pain and jaundice

In rare cases it can cause cancer of the liver.

How terrifying must it be to get a telephone call asking you to visit your doctor/hospital to have a test like this? :umm:

They are saying the risks are very slim, but it still must be frightening!!
Isn't Hep C through bodily fluids? How can you pick that up from your doctor?
Not just the patients - how distressing for the doctor concerned - bearing in mind they were unaware they'd contracted the illness. Now their going to feel responsible for any future problems!

My heart goes out to all concerned.