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More women get Hepatitis C from abortion clinic

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist with tags , , , , , on June 2, 2010 by saynsumthn

NEW ZEALAND: NZ women linked to Melb Hepatitis C case
15:50 AEST Wed Jun 2 2010

By Nicky Park, South Pacific Correspondent

Health authorities are trying to track down 55 New Zealand women who visited a Melbourne abortion clinic over a four-year period and may have contracted Hepatitis C.

Already, 44 women in Australia have tested positive to the infection after being treated by James Latham Peters, an anaesthetist at a Croydon abortion clinic, Australia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has revealed.

That number is certain to grow and the DHS has urged any women who have had abortions and been treated by Dr Peters at the Croydon Day Surgery to contact them.
The deputy director of public health for the New Zealand Ministry of Health, Fran McGrath, said the board was working with its Australian counterpart to track down 55 New Zealand women who may be at risk.

“This is a sensitive and potentially distressing situation and the ministry of health here and health authorities in Australia are being careful to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the women involved,” Dr McGrath said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Based on the results of women tested to date, approximately five per cent of women treated at the clinic may have contracted Hepatitis C.

“Based on this information we estimate that up to three New Zealand women may test positive.”

More than 1100 women treated by Dr Peters since 2008 have been contacted by DHS and told to be tested, with the results of 746 women received showing 32 infection cases, Victoria’s chief health officer John Carnie said.

Abortion is legal in New Zealand and various organisations contacted by AAP couldn’t offer any reasons why New Zealand women would travel to Australia for the procedure.
New Zealand women who had procedures at the Croydon Day Surgery from 1 January 2006 to 7 December 2009 are urged to call Healthline (0800 611 116) in New Zealand.