The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) said it has not uncovered any new cases of hepatitis C after running a series of tests on patients and staff feared to have been exposed to the blood-borne virus.
In a statement by the hospital on Thursday (15 Oct), it said that it has screened 473 patients, of which 408 have tested negative. These patients have received their results. The remaining 65 results are pending.
The hospital reported that out of the 282 staff screened, 277 have tested negative for hepatitis C. The results of the remaining five staff are still pending.
Last week, SGH revealed that 22 kidney patients had contracted hepatitis C infections while receiving treatment in the hospital. Eight of the patients have died and five of the deaths could be linked to the infection.
The Health Ministry has since appointed an independent Review Committee to investigate how the hepatitis C infections occurred.
Read SGH’s statement here.
“No new hepatitis C cases, says SGH” (The Straits Times, 16 October), “408 patients tested negative for Hepatitis C so far: SGH” (Channel NewsAsia, 15 October)