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Thousands At Risk for Possible exposure to HIV, hepatitis at Bergen County surgery center

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Saddle Brook NJ, On September 7, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Health closed the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook , “because some members of our staff were not following proper sterile processing procedures and failed to comply with other regulations regarding the dispensing and storage of medication, as well as infection control planning and procedures,” according to the statement, which noted that the facility opened again three weeks later after addressing key safety issues.

According to ABC News ,over,”  3,000 patients of a surgery center in Bergen County, New Jersey, may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, according to the New Jersey Department of Health and the HealthPlus Surgery Center in the town of Saddle Brook.”

The NJ Department of Health stated, “An investigation by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) revealed that during this time period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to bloodborne pathogens,” the letter states, adding that it is important to get tested “even if you do not remember feeling sick.”

NJ Health officials have issued a statement asking patients who received a procedure at HealthPlus Surgery Center between January and September of this year to get a blood test for hepatitis and HIV. The new statement notes that there have been no reported incidences of infection or illness relating to the investigation to date.
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New Jersey West Nile Virus Cases Hit Record Highs

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New Jersey Health Commissioner Elnahal

Trenton NJ, West Nile Virus cases in New Jersey are reaching record highs with a total of 31 human cases reported statewide so far this year — two of which were deaths associated with the virus among Bergen County residents.

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