99 Chinese get hepatitis C from contaminated needle

Beijing, Feb 8 (IANS) Ninety-nine people in China contracted hepatitis C after they received injections with a single contaminated syringe at a private clinic, officials said Friday.

The injection were taken in the northeast province of Liaoning, Xinhua reported.

The Donggang city government said all patients were hospitalised and are in stable condition.

In January, health authorities traced and screened 120 people who had received varicose vein treatment at the clinic.

Xue Feng, a doctor believed to be responsible for the infections, has been arrested and may face criminal charges.

Another doctor at the clinic, two municipal officials and another at the local TV station have been sacked or suspended for their roles in the scandal.

A health official said the private clinic posted fake TV ads and flouted medical rules by using one syringe needle in all the cases.

Hepatitis C virus causes a liver disease, which the World Health Organization says can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.

--

Get stories like this on the Yahoo app and discover more every day.
Download it now.

Matches

    • Team flag for Sri Lanka vs. Team flag for PakistanPAKSL
      5th ODI
      Sun, Jul 26, 2015
      Hambantota, Sri Lanka
      Pakistan in Sri Lanka ODI ...
      SL won by 165 runs
    • Team flag for Netherlands vs. Team flag for ScotlandSCONED
      Final
      Match abandoned
      Sun, Jul 26, 2015
      Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
      World Twenty20 Qualifier, ...
    • Team flag for Hong Kong vs. Team flag for IrelandIREHK
      3rd Place Play-off
      Match abandoned
      Sun, Jul 26, 2015
      Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
      World Twenty20 Qualifier, ...
  • No live matches are in progress.
    • Team flag for England vs. Team flag for AustraliaAUSENG
      3rd Test
      Wed, Jul 29, 2015
      Birmingham, England
      The Ashes, 2015...
      Upcoming match
    • Team flag for Bangladesh vs. Team flag for South AfricaSABAN
      2nd Test
      Thu, Jul 30, 2015
      Mirpur, Bangladesh
      South Africa in Bangladesh...
      Upcoming match
    • Team flag for Sri Lanka vs. Team flag for PakistanPAKSL
      1st T20I
      Thu, Jul 30, 2015
      Thu, Jul 30, 2015
      Colombo, Sri Lanka
      Pakistan in Sri Lanka T20 ...