Nevada Health Officials Fight Hepatitis C Outbreak Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into practices at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, where health officials say staff members reused syringes and vials in administering anesthesia. An epidemiologist for the Southern Nevada Health District is trying to contain an outbreak of hepatitis C at the Las Vegas clinic.
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Nevada Health Officials Fight Hepatitis C Outbreak

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Nevada Health Officials Fight Hepatitis C Outbreak

Nevada Health Officials Fight Hepatitis C Outbreak

Nevada Health Officials Fight Hepatitis C Outbreak

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Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into practices at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, where health officials say staff members reused syringes and vials in administering anesthesia. Brian Labus, head epidemiologist for the Southern Nevada Health District, is trying to contain an outbreak of hepatitis C at the Las Vegas clinic.

Labus says he's trying to reach 40,000 patients who might have been put at risk, advising them to get tested for blood-born diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

Labus talks with Melissa Block.