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DHEC: 3 diagnosed with Hepatitis B at North Charleston clinic

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A spinal clinic in North Charleston has been ordered by DHEC to stop performing invasive procedures after 3 patients were diagnosed with hepatitis B.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control released the order Wednesday night to the Tri-County Spinal Care Center on Dorchester Road.

In the order, officials said that the 3 infected patients received spinal injections on February 7 and February 21 of this year.  DHEC said they were in the process of contacting 23 other patients who received injections on those dates, urging them to get tested.

Those patients are being asked to go the Northwoods Health Clinic to have their blood tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

In a statement sent to News 2 Tuesday night, the owner of Tri-County Spinal Care Center said his office is cooperating with the investigation and that his priority is his patients.

"This is very shocking to us," Cameron Wills said.  "Lab tests have not yet confirmed how these infections were contracted. We are working feverishly with DHEC to scrutinize every element of our procedures."

Wills went on to say that his office uses prepackaged, sterile supplies.

Jim Beasley with DHEC said it would be "totally inappropriate" to comment since the investigation is in the early stages .

"This will take awhile," Beasley said by phone Wednesday. "We want to do our job and do it right."

The address for the Northwoods Health Clinic is:

2070 Northbrook Blvd. #A-20
N. Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: (843) 953-4300

For more information on hepatitis B, go to http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/B/index.htm

 

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