DONGGANG, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Ninety-five citizens of Donggang city in northeast China's Liaoning province have been hospitalized for suspected infection by hepatitis C at a clinic that gave them injections, local authorities announced on Monday.
A statement from the municipal health authorities said 120 patients who had received treatment at the clinic were traced and screened for the disease, and 95 of them are suspected to have been infected with the disease, which the World Health Organization says can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer.
Local authorities launched an investigation after being tipped off on Jan. 28 that patients who had received varicose vein treatment at a privately-run clinic were suspected to have been infected with hepatitis C.
Preliminary investigation has not ruled out the possibility of improper medical behavior of the clinic as the cause of the outbreak. Further investigation is underway.h Hepatitis C is viral and is mainly transmitted through contact with contaminated blood, although it can also spread through sexual contact and from mother to child during delivery.