Southern Nevada Reports Increase In Positive Lab Results Of Hepatitis C
The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting an increase in positive laboratory reports of hepatitis C. Typically the health district receives 20 to 40 positive reports daily. Recently the daily report totals have exceeded 150. These higher numbers were expected based on increased rates of testing and the background rate for the disease.
The health district has finalized a survey tool for interviewing patients and will be begin contacting patients this week. Patients who had procedures requiring injected anesthesia at the center in January will have to wait six months from their procedure date to be tested and therefore the interview process will take several months to complete.
Considerations of the investigation include: