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Clinic accused of reusing syringes sued
 
 
  Las Vegas clinic accused of reusing syringes faces lawsuit; former patients tested for HIV
 
AP
Feb 29, 2008
 
A former patient sued a surgical center believed to have spread hepatitis C by reusing syringes and vials of medication, saying Thursday he fears for his health.
 
The suit comes a day after the Southern Nevada Health District announced that unsafe practices at the clinic may have led to six reported cases of hepatitis C, a potentially fatal blood-borne virus.
 
Another 40,000 people who received anesthesia at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada between March 2004 and January 2008 are being urged to be tested for hepatitis, strains C and B, and HIV.
 
"I feel like a ticking time bomb. I'll get tested ASAP, but since HIV can lay dormant for many years, my wife and I face a future of uncertainty and fear," according to a statement from the plaintiff, Charles Anthony Rader, Jr., who says he received treatment during that period and may have been exposed.
 
The suit, filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada, alleges gross negligence and seeks punitive damages "in excess of $10,000" per patient.
 
Nancy Katz, a spokeswoman hired by the center, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the lawsuit.
 
 
 
 
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