Hepatitis And HIV Warning In Rockland County

ORANGEBURG, NY (WCBS 880) – If your blood was tested at one Rockland County medical facility, you may have reason to worry.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports

The New York State Department of Health is warning patients that had finger-stick blood sugar testing at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg to get tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV.

Last summer, a patient treated at the center developed a new Hepatitis infection and the state says that’s when they started an investigation and found that finger-stick pens were being used on more than one patient.

The investigation identified another patient with chronic hepatitis B who was treated at the center at the same time as the newly-infected patient. Analysis performed by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta found that the analyzed portions of viruses from the two patients were identical, suggesting transmission from one patient to the other or transmission to each patient from another infected person.

Both patients had received finger sticks with a shared pen while at Rockland Psychiatric Center; however, investigators could not determine with certainty that the infection was transmitted by use of a pen. Hepatitis B virus can be transmitted by blood-to-blood or blood-to-mucous membrane exposure, or by sexual contact.

The state says 229 patients might have been exposed. They will be notified in person or by letter, and testing will be offered by Rockland Psychiatric Center or arranged through the patients’ private physicians.

  • arlee

    Before you go blaming anyone, you need to know the facts. I don’t know who took the specimens but their supervisor is responsible for training and guidance. The laboratory technologists who tested the samples would have no way to know if a single use device was used more than once. I doubts most of the medical staff had anything to do with it. Except for the Lab Director/Pathologist who has responsibilities for all lab testing going on in the hospital. Find out what staff was responsible and go up, up and up until you find the person who dod not do their job.


  • Pychosatthephysward

    They should close that hospital down. The people who work at that hospital are more mentally ill than any patient that has ever visited or been admitted to the place. And this applies especially to most of the doctors, who’s self serving ambitions to make a buck know no bounds. And this story is a case in point. Loosers.

    • bob

      you’re ignorant to put all the blame on doctors. You really think they are the ones giving the finger sticks? Anything in a hospital should be a team effort, and the entire team is responsible when something goes wrong. Everyone from the techs and nurses who gives the stick, to the lab people and MDs who run and read the tests. Putting the blame on one group just shows you have a biased view of the world.

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