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Hospital reports hepatitis C outbreak

ANQING CITY, China, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Fifteen kidney dialysis patients were infected with hepatitis C at a hospital in China's Anhui Province, authorities said.

The patients were infected at Yicheng Hospital, said health officials, who opened an investigation last month after several patients with renal issues were diagnosed with the disease.

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Thirty-nine of 77 dialysis patients treated at the hospital were found to have hepatitis C, but only 15 cases could be linked to the hospital's dialysis clinic, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported Wednesday.

"There's a chance that some of the patients may have had the disease before taking the dialysis treatment," an unidentified health official told Xinhua.

Patients confirmed to have contracted hepatitis at the hospital would receive free treatment, the spokesman said.

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