US probes blood testing protocols at Nevada tribe

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal tribal health officials are testing the blood of 21 members of a northern Nevada tribe to be sure they weren't exposed to any diseases as part of an investigation into a potential violation of blood-testing protocols at a tribal clinic.

Dr. Marie Russell, deputy chief medical officer for the Indian Health Services area office in Phoenix, said Wednesday they don't believe any members of the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe were exposed to disease last month.

But she says they've made contact with all 21 individuals to be re-tested as a precautionary measure. She says the agency began an investigation in response to a complaint about the potential improper use of a blood-sugar finger stick device used in a wellness program at the clinic near the Nevada-Oregon line.

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