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Indian Helath Service's Winnebago Hospital Indian Helath Service

Indian Helath Service’s Winnebago Hospital
Indian Helath Service

From the IOWA Public Radio news article:

At least 35 people at the podiatry clinic of the Indian Health Service hospital in Winnebago, Neb., have possibly been exposed to Hepatitis and HIV. An instrument at the IHS clinic, which is near Sioux City, may not have been properly sterilized between patients.

IHS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides healthcare to American Indians and Native Alaskans. The Winnebago clinic serves members from the Omaha and Winnebago Tribes of Nebraska who live in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

This possible exposure took place between April 17 and June 2. An emailed statement from an IHS spokeswoman says the risk is “small” and that the agency does not know of any infections.

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