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NY hospital warns patients of possible HIV, hepatitis exposure

Reuters, March 14, 2014
A New York hospital on Wednesday alerted more than 4,200 patients who may have received insulin of possible exposure to hepatitis viruses and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) due to possible blood contamination, officials and local media said. South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on Long Island, near New York City, said patients may have received insulin from a pen reservoir - not a single-use disposable needle - that could have been used on more than one patient. "The risk of infection from this is extremely low," the hospital said in a statement, adding it was recommending patients "be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV."