VA telling vets of infection risk

Saturday, April 18, 2009 10:16 AM
Last updated 12:14 PM
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Testing among veterans exposed to improperly sterilized equipment at an Augusta VA Medical Center revealed more potential infections, including an unconfirmed case of HIV.

The Department of Veterans Affairs posted an update Friday on the test results of patients exposed to endoscopic equipment that was cleaned with the wrong solution. In Augusta, 1,069 patients treated in the Ear, Nose and Throat clinic were affected between January and November 2008.

The VA said all of those potentially exposed in Augusta have been notified and all but 81 have responded, with 13 declining testing. The results are back on 783 patients in Augusta, though the VA said it could not be certain of the number tested because some patients might have been tested at other clinics. Of those, 671 have been notified of the results.

Veterans with questions or concerns can contact the VA through the Special Care Call center at (877) 575-7256 or by e-mail at opiawebcom@va.gov.


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