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Patients of B.C. acupuncture clinic told to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis

shutterstock_119979370.jpgNov. 21, 2014 – Patients of an Abbotsford, B.C., acupuncture centre are being advised to get tested because they may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis B and C.


November 21, 2014
By The Canadian Press

Fraser Health has issued a public safety advisory that acupuncturist
Duan (Deborah) Hu did not meet infection prevention and control
standards while performing services on her clients.

Medical
health officer Michelle Murti says the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Centre was investigated after the health authority received a complaint
about the clinic’s conditions.

An advisory was issued Thursday
after investigators found that Hu’s clients may be at increased risk of
exposure to blood-borne infections.

Murti says the infections can
be transmitted by improper and unsanitary techniques when performing
the alternative medicine therapy, which often includes puncturing the
skin with thin needles.

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Fraser Health says it routinely follows
up on communicable disease cases and their potential sources, which can
include acupuncture clinics.


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