MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Minot nursing home where dozens of residents contracted hepatitis C last year has filed a lawsuit against Trinity Health that claims the health care provider is responsible for the outbreak.
Forty-six people were infected last year with the virus that can cause serious liver damage and even death. All but one of the people had spent time at the ManorCare Health Services nursing home.
KXMC-TV in Minot reports (http://bit.ly/1maQZ4r) that ManorCare filed the suit in federal court earlier this week. The lawsuit alleges that one Trinity Health employee is responsible for the spread of the disease.
It says Trinity should have been aware of "serious longstanding problems" with the employee's blood service, or phlebotomy, practices. The employee allegedly performed the majority of Trinity's phlebotomy services at ManorCare.
Information from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com