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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2013

DHEC Issues Public Health Order on N. Charleston Clinic

COLUMBIA, S.C. - S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton today announced a Public Health Order has been issued on a North Charleston clinic where it is believed three (3) patients who have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis B were treated.  All three (3) patients received spinal injections with common medications performed on the same dates in February 2013.  Hepatitis B is a very serious, communicable disease.  

The Order directs the clinic to immediately cease and desist all manner of invasive procedures pending DHEC's investigation.  Further, the clinic must provide access to the building; clinic records and employees; and patient information as requested.

All patients who received injections at the clinic on February 7 and 21, 2013, are being notified by DHEC via telephone this evening (May 20, 2013).  The list includes twenty-three (23) potential at-risk patients who have been identified through records at the clinic. 

The patients notified by DHEC are being asked to go to the Northwoods Health Clinic to have their blood tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

Northwoods Health Clinic

2070 Northbrook Blvd. #A-20 

N. Charleston, SC 29406

Phone: (843) 953-4300

For more information on hepatitis B: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/B/index.htm

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For media inquiries:
Jim Beasley – (803) 898-7769
Email –beaslejc@dhec.sc.gov