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Published December 27, 2013, 02:46 PM

North Dakota Health Department can't pinpoint Minot hepatitis C source

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department says it cannot pinpoint the source of a hepatitis C outbreak that infected 44 people from the Minot area.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Health Department says it cannot pinpoint the source of a hepatitis C outbreak that infected 44 people from the Minot area.

All of the cases involved current or former residents at ManorCare Health Services in Minot. Preliminary analysis suggested that the infection might have been associated with nail care services at ManorCare or blood services through Trinity Health, but further investigation did not confirm transmission.

State epidemiologist Tracy Miller says investigators "still do not fully understand how transmission occurred." She says the health department is bringing in a specialist to help review infection control procedures at ManorCare and Trinity.

Officials say the general population is not at an increased risk of infection.

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can cause serious liver damage or even death.

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