The Omaha-Winnebago Hospital is located on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska. Photo: Misty Rain

Indian Health Service patients warned of exposure to HIV and other diseases

Patients at a troubled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska may have been exposed to HIV and other serious diseases.

The Omaha Tribe and the Winnebago Tribe are urging anyone who received services from the podiatry clinic at the Omaha-Winnebago Hospital to be tested for hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The potential exposures occurred between April 17 and June 2 and are being attributed to improperly sterilized equipment, The Sioux City Journal reported.

According to the paper, a consultant for AB Staffing Solutions, a firm that was hired to provide services at the hospital, was fired and the podiatry clinic has been closed. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now investigating, the paper said.

Two summer ago, the hospital lost certification from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service after placing patients in repeated danger, leading to several deaths. The IHS has been unable to say when the facility will get back on track.

Read More on the Story:
Winnebago clinic patients may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis (The Sioux City Journal 8/3)
Omaha-Winnebago hospital clinic patients possibly exposed to hepatitis, HIV (KTIV 8/2)

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