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IHS Blames Lack of Training, Supervision for Possible Outbreak

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Indian Health Service blames a lack of training and supervision for a possible outbreak that may have exposed at least 21 people to infectious diseases like Hepatitis B & C and HIV.

McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribal Chairman Tildon Smart says the diabetes wellness program with Indian Health Service, or IHS, recently conducted a weight loss program called a "NUMU Challenge." During signups, participants had their blood glucose levels checked. Smart says he found out last week that an employee with IHS used the same equipment -- the device that holds the lancet, or needle -- to test each person's blood.

Smart says the person responsible for re-using the equipment has been put on suspension. At the time of this writing, Smart says it remains unknown if the Diabetes Wellness Coordinator had been terminated.

Testing on community members started on Monday at the Indian Health Service Clinic on the reservation. But Smart says many members now do not trust IHS to do the testing, so it would set up transportation to Humboldt General Hospital.

For more information, you can call Indian Health Service at (775) 532-8522.

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