Texas health clinic may have exposed patients to HIV, Hepatitis


GALVESTON, TX (KETK) – The Galveston County Health District is working in conjunction with the Department of State Health Services to investigate the risk of disease transmission related to infection control practices at the Coastal Health & Wellness clinics located in Texas City and Galveston.

The investigation was triggered by a recent accreditation site review conducted on February 12-13, 2018.

“Although we have no conclusive evidence at this time that disease transmission has taken place from procedures that were performed at Coastal Health & Wellness, we want to err on the side of caution and offer testing to any patients who could have been impacted,” said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County Local Health Authority. “Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV are serious medical conditions,” said Keiser. “People who are infected may not exhibit any symptoms of the disease for many years, so that is why it is important to get tested and treated”.

The findings identified breaches in infection control related to some dental and medical procedures that may have put patients at risk for the Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus and HIV.

On February 14, 2018, upon notification of the findings, dental and medical procedures at Coastal Health & Wellness that required sterilization of instruments were suspended and an investigation was immediately initiated by the Health District.

Individuals who received certain dental or medical procedures at CHW from March 1, 2015 to February 13, 2018 are strongly advised to get tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, which will be provided free of charge at the Health District office. A complete list of the procedures can be found online at http://www.gchd.org/chwhealthcheck.

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