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Hepatitis C infection risk 'low,' says Dr Gill Richardson

A senior doctor at a health board which is writing to more than 5,000 people over fears they may have contracted Hepatitis C after a retired worker inadvertently infected two patients, said the risk of infection is "low".

The people receiving letters were all patients at one of three Welsh hospitals between 1984 and 2003.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which covers the former Gwent area, said it had been made aware that a worker involved in the treatment of thousands of patients had Hepatitis C, which can lead to inflammation of the liver.

Those receiving letters are being invited to be tested for the infection.

Dr Gill Richardson, the health board's director of public health, said the tests being offered were a precautionary measure.

She spoke to BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke.

  • 11 Sep 2013
  • From the section Wales
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