West Virginia Department of Health Urges Hepatitis Testing

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is urging thousands of patients to get tested after possible hepatitis exposure at a Raleigh County heart clinic.

Multiple media outlets report that a letter issued by the department in Charleston says several cases of viral hepatitis appear to be associated with a cardiac stress test performed at Beckley’s Raleigh Heart Clinic.

The DHHR says all patients who had the stress test at the clinic between March 1, 2012, and March 27, 2015 were sent a copy of the letter.

As a precaution, the department is recommending that all these patients get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

Patients and healthcare providers who have questions may call the Bureau for Public Health information line.

Officials are investigating.