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New Jersey Health Officials Say More Than 3,000 People May Have Been Exposed To HIV

Thousands of New Jersey Citizen just got a very unsettling surprise.

The New Jersey Department of Health has released a statement that 3,778 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.

Health Officials say that anyone who had a procedure at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook between January 2018 and September 7, 2018 may have been exposed to these diseases.

Betty McCrabe, an administrator at the Surgery Center, shared that this health warning is a result of a lapse in infection control. Specifically, they believe medical instruments and tools for injecting medicine were improperly cleaned.

Despite how alarming this message may seem, the health department doesn’t want to incite panic. They say that the rate of infection is low and no actual diagnoses have been reported in connection to this issue. Health officials are being extremely cautious and ask that citizens do the same.

If you have received a procedure at the HealthPlus Surgery Center during the times mentioned above, they are desiring you get tested. To assist, the Surgery Center is offering to pay for the medical costs associated with any testing related to this occurrence.

Major NBC Stations and ABC News Stations are taking the recommendations to the airwaves.

 

 

h/t: NBC News , ABC News