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LA Times – Patients infected with hepatitis C after visiting Santa Barbara doctor

At least five patients tested positive for hepatitis C after receiving injections at a Santa Barbara doctor’s medical office, public health officials said.

Now, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging any patients who visited the medical office of Allen Thomashefsky to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

Public health officials performed two inspections at Thomashefsky’s office in November 2014 after they received information that a patient with no known risk factors developed hepatitis C after a visit. The patient underwent multiple injections at his office.

Inspectors examined the office and found unsafe practices that put patients at risk for bloodborne viruses as well as joint infections, according to the department. Public health officials say inspectors found that standard infection control procedures were not practiced.


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