Ottawa clinic may have exposed 6,000 to hepatitis, HIV

Cleaning and infection prevention protocols found to be lacking

A private clinic in Ottawa may have exposed up to 7,000 patients to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. It was revealed Monday that infection prevention and cleaning protocols were “not always followed” at the clinic located at 1081 Carling Ave., Suite 606. Letters were sent to the 6,800 patients who underwent a procedure at the clinic between April 2002 and June 2011 after an inspection by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario unvcovered what Ottawa Public Health termed “lapses in infection control.” The concerns about the clinic revolve around endoscopies, which are no longer performed there.

CBC News

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