Minot hepatitis C outbreak now up to 51 cases; case not linked to residency at nursing home

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — State health officials say an additional case has been linked to a hepatitis C outbreak in Minot, bringing the total to 51.

The Health Department says the case isn't associated with residency at ManorCare nursing home. At least 47 of the reported cases have been in former or current residents of that facility.

Health officials say there has been no evidence of disease transmission at ManorCare in Minot since the fall of 2013.

Some residents who contracted the disease have filed a federal lawsuit against the facility.

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can cause serious liver damage or even death. It's transmitted when a non-infected person comes into contact with the blood of an infected person and the virus enters the body through a break in the skin.

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