By: Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low
Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday reported a
cluster of five hepatitis C cases linked to shared needles at a clinic in Taoyuan.
All five patients had received intravenous injections at Wei Lien Clinic (維蓮診所) before they were separately diagnosed with acute hepatitis C between January and May this year, the CDC said.
An investigation found that the clinic has used syringes and needles on different patients instead of discarding them after one use, the CDC said, adding that the clinic has been ordered to stop providing injections to patients.
CDC Deputy Director-general Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said the investigation is still underway and that the CDC will not rule out the possibility of ordering the clinic to stop operations in accordance with the Communicable Disease Control Act to facilitate the investigation. However, the clinic remains open for business.