- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Utah health officials say thousands of hospital patients could have been exposed to hepatitis C through a former nurse who was fired for stealing drugs.

The Standard Examiner newspaper in Ogden reports (https://bit.ly/1MalGin) that the former McKay-Dee Hospital nurse and a patient tested positive for the same strain of the virus.

The Utah Department of Health says that the nurse could have passed the infection to the patient.

Hospital officials sent letters to 4,800 people that the nurse had cared for in 2013 and 2014 to let them know they could have been exposed.

Hospital spokesman Chris Dallin says the risk is low, but authorities want to be safe and through.

The letters sent on Oct. 30 offered free blood tests to those patients.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, https://www.standard.net

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