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June 19, 2018

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Hepatitis scare

The largest hepatitis outbreak scare in the nation is playing out in Las Vegas, where 50,000 patients at an endoscopy center may have been exposed to infectious diseases because of unhygienic practices.

Share Your Experience

Patients and current or former employees of Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada who wish to share their experiences at the clinic are invited to e-mail Las Vegas Sun health reporter Marshall Allen.

So far, 114 patients have been identified by health authorities as having been potentially infected with hepatitis C at the clinic, which has been shut down — along with five sister clinics in the valley.

Criminal investigations are underway and the state’s medical and nursing boards are investigating the situation, which some nurses say was triggered by the clinic owner’s drive for profit at the expense of patient safety.

Frequently asked questions about the incident

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Jury convicts former doctor in Las Vegas hepatitis outbreak
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Monday, July 1, 2013
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Monday, June 10, 2013
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Lawyer asks high court to halt Las Vegas hepatitis C trial
Monday, April 22, 2013
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Friday, April 5, 2013
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Lawsuit seeks to block Desai bankruptcy discharge
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
courts:
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
courts:
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Photo: Dr. Dipak Desai, the majority owner of the Endosco
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State Government:
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