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Needles Mistakenly Reused in N.Y.

June 26, 1998

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Forty people are being tested for the AIDS virus and hepatitis after two county health department workers reused discarded needles during a tuberculosis screening.

``It is most regrettable that this may have occurred, but we think this testing and immunization that we have done is going to demonstrate that no health problems will result,″ Onondaga County Health Commissioner Lloyd Novick said Thursday.

A county employee noticed a nurse and health worker reusing the needles June 16 during the screening session at the Ukrainian National Home, a social club in Syracuse. A total of 180 people received skin tests for tuberculosis after a bartender came down with the disease.

The nurse and health care worker have been disciplined, Novick said. He would not say how they were punished.

Novick said the chances are remote that anyone could get the AIDS virus or hepatitis through the reused needles.

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