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More than 3,000 patients in the New Jersey Operations Center may be exposed to HIV infection, hepatitis



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By Kalhan Rosenblatt

An Outpatient Surgery Center in New Jersey may have exposed thousands of patients to HIV and hepatitis due to "Lapses in Infection Control" and sterilization Department of Health said Monday.

More than 3,700 patients who had surgery at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, may have been affected by blood-borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C, a statement by the center.

The high-risk patients were treated at the Operations Center between January 1

and September 7, 2018.

However, the discovery came after a Ministry of Health investigation of the Operations Center. It was not immediately clear what prompted the investigation.

The department found that HealthPlus employees did not follow proper sterilization procedures "and did not comply with other drug delivery and storage provisions, as well as infection control planning and procedures," according to the HealthPlus Surgery Center.

Currently, there are no reports of infections or diseases, including the Operations Center and Health Department.


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