Number of infected patients in SGH’s hepatitis C outbreak increases to 25

Oh dear, Singapore General Hospital’s mysterious hepatitis C plight just keeps getting bigger. The number of infected patients in the virus outbreak now stands at 25, after two patients who tested positive for hepatitis C earlier have been found to be part of the affected cluster. 

The increasing cause for worry comes right after the Ministry of Health entered a war of words with Workers’ Party’s Leon Perera, who had called for the formation of a Committee of Inquiry to investigate why there was a delay in the outbreak’s announcement.

According to the hospital’s Chairman of the Medical Board Prof. Fong Kok Yong, the two patients were found to have been admitted to Wards 64A and 67 from April to June earlier this year. Those renal wards were where the hospital first discovered the cluster of infections in early June, but the outbreak was only made public on Oct 6.

“We will provide the patients and their family with our full support and ensure that the patients receive timely and appropriate care,” remarked Prof. Fong. 

Eight of the 25 infected have died so far, with five deaths possibly linked to the hepatitis C virus. Nobody knows how the viral outbreak started in the first place. 

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