- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Health Department says one more person has been linked to the hepatitis C outbreak at a nursing home in the Minot area.

State epidemiologist Tracy Miller says the case count is now at 45, all being current or former residents of ManorCare.

At least 500 people have been tested since last year. State officials continue to contact individuals that could have been exposed to the virus and urge them to undergo testing.

ManorCare Health Services-Minot offers long-term care services, but most of its patients come directly from a hospital for rehabilitation before returning home.

Miller says the cases have been associated with receiving phlebotomy, podiatry and toenail care services at the facility.

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can cause serious liver damage or even death.

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