Residents are speaking out after the West Virginia Department of Health announces 4 more people have been infected with hepatitis C after receiving stress tests at the Raleigh Heart Clinic.
Andy Moscarito lives in Beckley and has been calling the mountain home for the past 30 years. He wasn’t a former patient at the Raleigh heart clinic but has received stress tests in the past. He says he’s in shock and believes something needs to done.
“They ought to be looking for some kind of prevention so that it doesn’t happen again. As a patient you’re putting your health in their hands. You gotta look for some prevention or some precaution so that it doesn’t happen,”
Sherry Martin says who’s a Raleigh County resident, say’s she refuses to step foot inside the heart clinic following the investigations.
It’s a bad reaction their not doing what they should be doing. Because of the publicity that has been done about it, I would not go there,” Martin said.
As a result both the DHHR and the Raleigh Heart clinic have expanded their reach in notifying patients. As a safety precaution they’re urging anyone who received a stress test at the Clinic before March first 2012 To get tested for Hepatitis B Hepatitis C and HIV. People who want to be tested may receive testing by their healthcare provider or local health department.
If you have any questions or concerns you can call the Department of Health’s hot line at 1-800-642-8244.