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State reviews patient lists in hepatitis scare -

There are 30 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 17, 2007, titled State reviews patient lists in hepatitis scare -. In it, Newsday reports that:

State Department of Health investigators returned to the offices of a Long Island anesthesiologist Saturday to find out if additional patients should be notified that they are at risk for HIV and hepatitis by ...

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Tallahassee, FL

#21 Nov 18, 2007
With no vaccine, hepatitis C is a silent threat
November 18, 2007
Among viral infections that have reached epidemic proportions worldwide, hepatitis C ranks high on the list of public health threats because it lacks a protective vaccine, such as the one that has helped limit infections with its microbial cousin, hepatitis B.
The alphabet of viruses -- A, B, C, D and E -- comprises a highly infectious family of pathogens that have made the most-wanted list of federal virus hunters, who are tracking their incidence in the population -- and in health care and food service settings, sites where outbreaks have been spawned.
While hepatitis A is a gourmand's nightmare, transmitted through fecal matter that contaminates food, B and C remain worrisome for a variety of reasons. They are transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, and in rare instances, have been communicated through contaminated medical equipment.
Analyses have shown hepatitis B to be 100 times more infectious than HIV, and numerous studies have characterized hepatitis C as a tidal wave expected to crest in only a few years.
By 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts a 279 percent nationwide increase in the incidence of liver damage due to hepatitis C, a 528 percent increase in the need for liver transplants, and a 223 percent increase in the liver-related death rate.
"Hepatitis C is typically a silent disease," said Dr. Melissa Palmer, a Plainview liver specialist who has tested new treatments for various forms of hepatitis. "But it is also the only form of hepatitis that can be cured."
Treatments involving injections of the immune booster pegylated interferon, plus doses of the antiviral Ribavirin, have been known to force the infection into retreat.
Both hepatitis C and B can lead to liver cirrhosis, Palmer said, and eventually, liver cancer and the need for a transplant.

White Plains, NY

#22 Nov 19, 2007
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Yes a patient has SOME responsibility...BUT if you are truly a nurse then you are aware that not ALL patients are aware or capable of knowing exactly what you are doing. Your comment is very one sided.
I apologize, I thought I was addressing another health care professional. By the way the statement was written it appeared to sound like someone who saw this in daily practice. And yes if you are a lay person I would never assume you would know what we are doing, it is our responsibility to educate you.
megan bookstaver

Oakland Gardens, NY

#23 Nov 19, 2007
Ok HepCpatient from Tallahasse you need to be careful with what you say cause if you you read what Dr. Melissa Palmer wrote was that hep. c is the only form that can be cured well their are two types of hep. c bacterial and viral bacterial hep. c can be cured not viral which my father has cause trust me if my dad could be cured he would have been and do you all of you who are basking my dad do you think he would have gone to a lawyer do you think he would be involved if he had the bacterial version no.
megan bookstaver

Oakland Gardens, NY

#24 Nov 19, 2007
HepCPatient from Tallahasse Fl i could care less if youn had it for me then 40yrs and my dad is sick ok and he has gone for blood test and everything in the past 3yrs and they all come up positive ok and for example about a year and half ago my family and i went away on vacation and we have to leave the stores cause he was sick honestly are you trying to tell me my dad is not sick or something when i see him throwing up ok you have no idea as a child what its like to see my dad sick ok and their is so much more to it to ok!
megan bookstaver

Oakland Gardens, NY

#25 Nov 19, 2007
SDS from white plains thank you so much!

Tallahassee, FL

#26 Nov 19, 2007
Megan. I am guessing you are about 20 years old, very smart, with good computer skills. Please google Hepatitis C and the first five sites that come up are things like the CDC, NIH, Mayo, etc. Please read them and be a help and an advocate for your father. Your father has the same Hepatitis C that the rest of us have. If a doctor has told him that there is not a treatment for Hepatitis C then fire that doctor and run, don't walk, to a different gastroenterologist or hepatologist. If you live anywhere near Dr. Palmer please make an appt. with her. She is a *world renowned* hepatologist and is wonderful. I know many of her patients. Google nonprofits for Hepatitis C in the New York area and talk to some of those people and get some literature.

If you father is vomiting every day it is possible that he has something else wrong with him too. Please make sure he gets good medical care.

Now- please take a deep breath and calm down and stop arguing with people who are trying to help you. Go and hug your father, kiss him, drink out of his glass but DO NOT share his razor, toothbrush, nail clippers, or pick up a blood kleenex of his with a cut on your finger. Take care!

megan bookstaver

West Nyack, NY

#28 Nov 23, 2007
Ok well if you read the paper or anything you would just so happen to know im not 20 I am 17 OK and i have talked to several people in the health field that have told me that their are two types og hep. c ok and im not arguing im annoyed thats all you no its really hard for a teenager to go through this and then find out you know just in a few hours the world will no people i did not want to no know everyday is someone new or old asking me if thats my dad if is ok and its annoying and upsetting after along time. Sorry though if I am coming off as I am arguing and the reason to my dad having the rubber band around his glass is their is slim chance of getting hep. c through that a veryyy slim chance and its not a chance my dad is willing to take thats all.

Tallahassee, FL

#30 Nov 27, 2007
Megan. PLEASE do as I suggested and Google Hepatitis C and LEARN THE FACTS! Help your father, help your family, help YOURSELF! It is only transmitted blood to blood. It is only transmitted blood to blood. There is only ONE Hepatitis C but there are many genotypes within the virus. Perhaps that is what you are misunderstanding. PLEASE GO TO GOOGLE and educate yourself. Thanks!

I don't feel I can educate you about the genotypes because you don't seem to want to be educated about the drinking glass. You can not *catch it* unless there is a blood to blood transmission. I am very sorry you are having to deal with this at such a young age. There are many children in this world dealing with a parent or two that have Hepatitis C. Some have won scholarships to college based on papers they presented with facts about Hepatitis C. I hope that you can be one of those! Take care!


#31 Dec 2, 2007
megan bookstaver wrote:
Oh and Llinny you cant get rid of hep. c so get your info correct before you start saying stuff you obvi. dont no what your talking about cause if their was something out their for my dad to take so call get rid of it he would.
You can get rid of it. Please listen to that woman who is arguing with you to google hepc. There is Pegulated Interferon and Ribaviren and it does clear the virus in about 25% to 40% of the people with genotype 1 and 60 to 80% of the people with genotype 2 and 3. Genotype 1 is more prevelant in the USA I'm afraid. Please research and go to a gastrologist or hepalogist doctor.

Astoria, NY

#32 Jul 23, 2008
How long does it take and insurance company to authorize payment of P-Interferon? I have been waiting 10days now and still waiting.

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