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Updated Jul 27, 2012 - 8:20 pm

2 Arizona hospitals ID potential hepatitis patients

PHOENIX — Two Phoenix hospitals say they are sending certified letters Monday to patients who may have been potentially exposed to hepatitis C.

Maryvale Hospital and Arizona Heart Hospital have been scrambling to identify patients treated at the facilities during the time a former medical worker worked there and who might potentially have been infected by him.

After closely reviewing patient records in partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Heart Hospital says 157 patients were potentially exposed in March and April in 2010 and Maryvale Hospital says 132 patients were potentially exposed in March through June in 2009.

The two hospitals are urging those patients to take tests for the virus, which can cause serious liver damage.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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