- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Health officials say 15 patients at two different Utah hospitals have tested positive for hepatitis C after coming in contact with an infected nurse.

Utah’s health department said Monday that there is no way to know for sure that the nurse infected the patients.

Officials say about half of the 7,200 patients exposed at hospitals in Ogden and Layton have been tested.

The investigation was launched last summer after officials discovered a patient may have contracted the infection after being treated by a nurse with the same rare strain. The nurse had been fired in 2014 for stealing drugs.

Hepatitis C is spread through blood to blood exposure. It can take decades for people infected to have symptoms, but can eventually result in death if not treated.

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