Canada: Contaminated vial likely cause of hepatitis C outbreak: report

KITCHENER — Region of Waterloo Public Health concluded its investigation into a hepatitis C outbreak at a Kitchener colonoscopy clinic in late 2013.

The final report presented to a regional council committee Tuesday said what most likely happened is hepatitis C was spread from a previously undiagnosed client to four other patients at Tri-City Colonoscopy Clinic on Dec. 24, 2013, when a bottle of medication was contaminated.

"There was a lapse in infection control related to the use of multi-dose vials," said regional medical officer of health Dr. Liana Nolan. 

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