State Regulators: Florida Physician's Lax Infection Control Caused Hepatitis Outbreak

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State regulators have filed complaints against Carol Roberts, MD, alleging her lax infection control practices are the cause of a hepatitis C outbreak at her holistic medicine practice in Brandon, Fla., according to a St. Petersburg Times news report.

Both of the state's complaints regard two patients who underwent IV therapy in 2009. According to the news report, both patients became sick and tested positive for hepatitis C. After Dr. Roberts reported the infections to public health officials, more than 100 patients were contacted to undergo testing. Eleven patients tested positive for the liver disease.

 

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The state has recommended that the Board of Medicine issue a penalty, which can range from public reprimand to revocation of Dr. Roberts' medical license.

Read the St. Petersburg Times news report about Dr. Carol Roberts.

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