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Another hepatitis C case related to Ward County outbreak

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health said Monday it has confirmed an additional case of hepatitis C related to an outbreak at a Minot nursing home, bringing the total number of cases to 45.

Since the investigation began last August, the Health Department has tested at least 500 people for exposure to the virus. All of the confirmed cases have been current or former residents of ManorCare Health Services in Minot.

State Epidemiologist Tracy Miller said it’s important to note that the latest case was likely exposed to hepatitis C in 2011 or 2012. No newly infected cases have been found in people with exposures associated with the outbreak since October 2013, the department said in a news release.  

The Health Department is still conducting tests.

Hepatitis C affects the liver of infected people and is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. Most of those infected with the virus won’t have any symptoms or will have only mild, non-specific symptoms and can go undiagnosed for years, according to the Health Department.

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