Trinity Health says not responsible for outbreak

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot health care provider says claims by a nursing home that it's responsible for dozens of residents contracting hepatitis C last year are untrue.

A lawsuit was filed last week by the Ohio-based owner of ManorCare Health Services that alleges Trinity Health is at fault for the disease outbreak discovered last year in Minot.

Forty-six people were infected with the virus that can cause serious liver damage and even death. All but one of them had spent time at the ManorCare Health Services nursing home.

Trinity said in a statement that the lawsuit gives ManorCare the license to make allegations without the "known facts" or "even the known science" about how Hepatitis C is transmitted.

Trinity says it will also respond to ManorCare's allegations through the legal process.

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