Five medical patients are under observation after possibly being exposed to the Hepatitis B virus at the Boston Medical Center, according to a report by the Boston Globe.
Hospital officials did not disclose how the patients might have been exposed, but according to the report, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is investigating the issue.
“Recently, we became aware that a small number of patients were potentially exposed to (the) hepatitis B virus and five patients are potentially at risk from the exposure,” BMC spokeswoman Jennifer Watson told the Globe yesterday. “We have communicated with these patients and are monitoring them closely. Additional measures have been put in place to avoid the possibility of a similar exposure in the future.”
Hepatitis B attacks the liver and can last a few weeks or become a long-term, life-threatening ailment, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus is spread through bodily fluids like blood, and symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, and joint pain.