There's a hepatitis C scare on in New York City, where authorities have asked 4,500 people to get tested after their contact with a local anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist, who hasn't been named, may have spread the disease as he or she put patients under. To date, three people treated by the physician have been diagnosed with hep C. Tests suggest that the patients picked up the illness while getting intravenous anesthesia meds during outpatient procedures. However, it's not clear whether the physician is at fault--the unnamed anesthesiologist has had a medical license since 1977 and has no known history of poor infection control.
To get more information on the infection scare:
- read this Associated Press article