At least three patients in Charleston, South Carolina have recently been diagnosed with acute Hepatitis B after receiving medical injections at Tri-County Spinal Care Center. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has reported that “all three patients received spinal injections with common medications performed on the same dates in February 2013 and is further notifying another 23 patients who received injections during the same time frame because it believes them to be at risk for the disease as well.”
Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when a person is first infected with Hepatitis B they can develop an illness which may require hospitalization and could further lead to liver failure. The CDC has reported between 2,000 to 4,000 people die each year from Hepatitis B related liver failure or liver cancer.
Symptoms of a Hepatitis B infection include: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, pain in joints and stomach, dark urine, grey-colored stools, and jaundice. These symptoms usually appear within 6 weeks to 6 months after infection. However, many people infected with Hepatitis B do not show symptoms until they have advanced liver damage which may be fatal.
In performing any kind of medical procedure, a healthcare provider is required to treat his or her patients according to the same standard of care used by competent practitioners in that same field of medicine under similar circumstances.