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Man sues Puyallup hospital in hepatitis C case

10 May 2018, 09:42 | Melissa Porter

Man sues Puyallup hospital in hepatitis C case

Nurse Accused Of Stealing Narcotics And Infecting Patients With Hepatitis C

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup is notifying certain patients who were treated in the Emergency Department during a almost eight-month period in 2017 and 2018 that they should be tested for Hepatitis C. The alert follows the confirmation that two patients who were treated in December likely contracted the disease while in the Emergency Department.

Alarmingly, People reported that an updated probable cause complaint released Tuesday stated that authorities have located two more patients who were infected with Hepatitis C due to Weberg's actions.

"I want everyone to know I never intentionally stuck anyone with a needle", Ms. Weberg said, reading from a prepared statement May 8. "Out of all of the allegations against me, this is the most terrible and it is the allegation that I deny the most", said Weberg. The suit claims that while the man was hospitalized for kidney stones on December 21, 2017, he contracted hepatitis C from a dirty syringe.

"As of this very moment, I do not believe that I'm a contagious carrier of hepatitis C", she stated.

"Apparently there is a very low level of a pathogen in my blood that can constitute hepatitis C but not at the low levels found in my blood", Weberg said.

Liver inflammation potentially caused by a virus or other factors is called hepatitis, and there are three types of viruses, namely A, B, and C, which cause the disease.

Cora Weberg, a 31-year-old, is being accused of not only stealing narcotics from her job at the hospital, but also for knowingly infecting patients with Hepatitis C. So far, two cases of Hepatitis C among previous patients have been confirmed.

"Had I used a needle on those patients that I'd previously used on myself, there would be a strong genetic indicator linking me to one or both of them".

Weberg was arrested at the Canadian border Thursday night on two counts of second-degree assault. "This is false", said Weberg, fighting back tears. Moreover, the police suspected that the woman was also stealing narcotics.

Weberg was released from jail late Friday and no charges have been filed. The state's findings led the NCQAC to suspend Ms. Weberg's nursing license and issue charges of unprofessional conduct and violations of nursing standards, The News Tribune reports.

A recent scandal has befallen a hospital in Washington after a nurse supposedly exposed a huge number of patients to the hepatitis C virus. "In fact, this is the exact opposite of what I told them". Approximately 900 of those patients had been tested as of Sunday, hospital officials toldThe Seattle Times.

The Puyallup Good Samaritan Hospital said that it thinks a nurse was taking parts of the pain medications intended for patients and injecting them to herself, then using the same needles on patients.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Communicable Disease Control Division Director Nigel Turner seemed less certain.

Ms. Weberg spoke publicly about the incident during a press conference May 8.

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