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New Confirmed Case in Hospital Hepatitis C Outbreak

Communications Specialist Steve Metcalf
by Steve Metcalf08/27/2018 2:51 p.m.
Updated: 08/27/2018

Test results show another confirmed hepatitis C cases in the MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup outbreak. The Centers from Disease Control and Prevention genetically linked the case to the other confirmed cases. As of Aug. 27, the total confirmed cases from the outbreak is 13.

The new confirmed case was in the probable category, which means the person was positive for hepatitis C, but we were waiting for lab results from CDC.

Test results as of Aug. 27:

Total Tested

Total Untested

Negative Tests

(negative hepatitis C tests)

Not Related

(hepatitis C positive, unrelated to investigation)

Under Investigation or Unable to Determine

 (hepatitis C positive, still under investigation)

Probable Case

(hepatitis C positive, under investigation awaiting CDC lab testing)

Confirmed Cases

(hepatitis C positive, genetic link confirmed by CDC lab testing)

1,914

About 880

1,838

59

4

0

13

 

About 68% of people notified have been tested. Good Samaritan hospital announced a potential hepatitis C exposure April 30. The hospital notified about 2,800 patients who visited the Emergency Department between Aug. 4, 2017 and March 23, 2018. The hospital provided testing, and if needed, free treatment for affected patients.

See more test results and hepatitis C statistics for Pierce County. Learn more about hepatitis C.

Read our previous blog posts related to the outbreak:

Communications Specialist Steve Metcalf

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