Two heads of a hospital in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province were sacked after 26 patients contracted hepatitis C during dialysis treatment.
Local authorities say the president and a deputy president of Zhen’an County Hospital in Shangluo City were removed from their posts.
Thirteen other employees received administrative penalties, including admonitions and demerits on their records.
A hospital official said the 26 patients were alleged to have contracted hepatitis C earlier this month during hemodialysis sessions at the hospital.
They are among some 40 kidney disease patients who regularly receive the treatment two to three times a week.
The blood-born virus was detected during routine checkups between Feb. 17 and 19.
As of Wednesday, 26 cases had been confirmed.
Liver disease experts said hepatitis C virus is transmitted mainly through blood.
The standard practice is for confirmed hepatitis C virus carriers to use separate dialysis equipment.
The patients are now all under observation while receiving treatment.