Trinity disputes outbreak claims in response

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot health care provider has filed a legal response that disputes claims made by a nursing home that it's responsible for dozens of residents contracting hepatitis C last year.

Trinity Health filed its response this week to a lawsuit from ManorCare that alleges the health care provider is responsible for the disease outbreak discovered last year in Minot. ManorCare says one Trinity employee who administers phlebotomy services caused the outbreak.

Randy Schwan is the vice president for marketing and community education at Trinity. Scwhan tells KXMC-TV (http://bit.ly/UhVKwU) there is no "physiological, statistical or epidemiological" way this large-scale outbreak could be spread through phlebotomy.

Schwan says an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and the state health department didn't find a link between the outbreak and Trinity.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com

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