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Improper equipment cleaning exposes 1,800 veterans to disease

HIV and hepatitis are just some of the diseases that may have been passed on to several hundred ex-soldiers by unclean dental equipment.

The John Cochran VA Medical Center has alerted approximately 1,800 veterans that they may have been exposed to a variety of viruses due to dental equipment that wasn’t cleaned properly.

Affected vets are those who were treated at the St. Louis facility during a 13-month period that ended in March. A routine inspection in March detected the problem.

The center said in a statement that the risk of disease transmission is still very low. It’s offering free blood tests for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C to affected veterans.

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