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Hospital heads sacked for Hepatitis C outbreak in NW China

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.

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