Tribe responds to HIV, Hepatitis exposure

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Updated: 1/14 11:03 am
WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe has demanded that Indian Health Services terminate a worker who has exposed 21 tribal members to HIV and Hepatitis B and C. The members were exposed due to the worker a using non-sterile Blood Glucose Monitoring Unit.

According to Tribe Chairman Tildon Smart, the worker had a long list of complaints and reprimands, dating back to her hire last June. Smart also says that Indian Health Services has told exposed tribe members that they are not infected, before any test results have been returned.

According to Smart, Indiana Health Services has admitted they were at fault, due to lack of supervision and training.

There will be a closed meeting between Indian Health Services and the Tribal Council on Tuesday at 1 p.m., immediately followed by a public meeting for the tribal community.
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