Update On Pending Hep C Cases

The Medical Review Committee has found that a hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection could have been a “contributing factor” in the death of one patient whose cause of death had been pending.

The patient was one of the eight patients who had died from the earlier identified group of 22 patients infected by hepatitis C, of which four death were linked to the viral outbreak.

The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) said in a statement on 19 Oct that the committee, chaired by an external senior hepatologist, has completed its investigation into the death.

The hospital had said at a press conference on 6 Oct that HCV could not be ruled out as a contributory cause for four deaths, while three patients had died from other causes not linked to HCV, and one case was under review.

As of 6pm yesterday (19 Oct), 484 out of the 572 patients who have been screened tested negative for HCV, with the remaining results still pending. All 294 SGH staff who were screened have tested negative.

Source: “Hepatitis C virus infection may be 'contributing factor' in one death” (Straits Times, 20 October 2015) and ‘Hepatitis C could be contributing factor in another death: SGH’ (TODAY, 20 October 2015)

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