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Hepatitis C Victim Files Lawsuit

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One of the victims of the Hepatitis C outbreak in Minot has filed a class action lawsuit. It's the second-largest cluster of cases in the nation's history, and it's also the largest outbreak to still be unsolved.

At least 44 people were infected at the facility. The complaint alleges that ManorCare breached its duty to properly care for patients and residents, and failed to comply with state and federal regulations governing nursing homes. 

The complaint further alleges that such an outbreak is not ordinary, and the infectious disease director at Trinity Health says it is impossible for it to be an accident.

The State Health Department has not been able to identify the specific cause of the spread, but has identified some possible risk factors and is working with Minot health care providers, including ManorCare Health Services, to reduce the possible modes of transmissions.    

The department says the general population was not at risk during this outbreak.

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