January 28, 2020 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Six Cases of Hep C Reported at Westside Medical Clinic

Patients urged to get tested for Hep. C, Hep. B and HIV.

By Sam Catanzaro

Hundreds of patients who received care from a Westside health center are being urged by public health officials to get tested for hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV after six patients who underwent procedures at the clinic were diagnosed with hepatitis C.

Last week, Los Angeles Department of Public Health (Public Health), announced a possible hepatitis C exposure at Westside Multispecialty Medical Group located at 6200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1212, Los Angeles. Public Health recommends that all patients who received injections, infusions or procedures at this clinic between January 2016 and December 2018 be tested for hepatitis C.

In addition to hepatitis C, Public Health is recommending that patients also be tested for hepatitis B and HIV, as these infections may also spread through contact with blood.
Public Health identified six acute cases of hepatitis C in patients seen at this clinic. The mechanism of transmission, however, has not yet been determined and no other infections have been identified in relation to this clinic.

“The clinic has voluntarily closed while the investigation continues. The patients infected with hepatitis C received procedures at this clinic and did not report other forms of blood-to-blood contact. Hepatitis C virus is usually transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, such as during IV drug use or as a result of lapses in infection control procedures in healthcare settings,” Public Health said in a statement. “Testing is important as many patients who develop these infections do not develop any symptoms, but there are steps people can take to treat the infections, protect their health, and prevent giving infections to others.”

Public Health sent approximately 500 letters to individuals who received care at the Westside Multispecialty Medical Group with information about hepatitis C and instructions on how to obtain free testing at Public Health clinics or obtain testing at private providers at their own expense. Patients who believe they were seen at this clinic and have not received a letter should call (213) 288-8787 for more information, including guidance on how to arrange for testing.

Related Posts

Three More Retailers Announced for Culver Steps Development

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

Beauty, coffee, ice cream retailers coming By Sam Catanzaro Three additional commercial tenants have been announced for The Culver Steps,...

Sweetgreens is opening a new location: Westside Local Show – January, 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Sweetgreens is opening a new location. * Roma...

Edify TV: Ferris Wheel Lights up for Kobe Bryant

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

The Pacific Park Ferris wheel on Santa Monica Pier turned purple and gold to honor Kobe Bryant, who passed away Sunday in a helicopter crash...

An Inside Look at New Culver City Restaurant, Piccalilli LA!

January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020

This restaurant opened up in the former Piology space, right across from the newly opened Amazon Studios and just a...

Local landmark transforming into hotel? Westside Local Show – January, 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

Westside Local Show – January, 23, 2020 – All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Local...

DUI Checkpoint on Westside This Weekend

January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

DUI and license checkpoint Thursday, Friday and Saturday night By Chad Winthrop A Los Angeles Police Department DUI checkpoint is...

Chinese Social Media Giant Opens Expanded Culver City Headquarters

January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

120,000 square-foot Bristol Parkway space has a new tenant By Sam Catanzaro One of the fastest-growing apps in the world...

Missing Culver City Middle School Teacher Located

January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020

By Staff Writer Culver City education officials have announced that a middle school teacher has been found safe after she...

Culver City 2020 Homeless Count This Week

January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

The Culver City 2020 Homelessness Count is coming up this week, with nearly 100 volunteers signed up for this annual event. While the...

Missing middle school teacher in Culver City: Westside Local Show – January, 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Missing middle school teacher in Culver City.* Free museum...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the Westside

January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed Monday with numerous events planned throughout Los Angeles honoring Martin Luther King...

Man Fatally Shot by Police in Culver City Wieleded ‘Bicycle Part’, Not Gun LAPD Says

January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020

Police release more information on fatal shooting following calls for more transparency By Sam Catanzaro Law enforcement officials have announced...

SB 50 Revival Sought, With Big Changes

January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

By Tom Elias, Westside Today Columnist Every time Scott Wiener amends his SB 50 plan to force much higher housing...

Culver City developments with no parking? Westside Local Show – January, 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Culver City developments with no parking?* Blind Barber disco...

Micro-Apartments for Culver City?

January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020

Culver City City Council takes steps to allow micro-units to fulfill housing needs By Sam Catanzaro High demand for housing...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *