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July 1st, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Vets exposed to HIV & hepatitis from dental tools

(CNN) – Over 1,800 veterans who went to a Missouri VA hospital are now facing possible exposure to HIV and hepatitis. And we now know why: improperly cleaned dental tools. But hospital officials say laziness wasn't a factor. Missouri Democrat Rep. Russ Carnahan is calling for a full investigation and he joined us on Thursday's American Morning to explain.

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Filed under: Health • Military
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  1. shanno

    Stuff like this is common at the VA. In Milwuakee, a patient died because of gross medical malpractice by 2 radioloist, a radiation oncologist, a surgeon and an internal medicine doctor- each making their own intentional or unintentional errors. These docs are all faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin. What is interesting is that the IG had to be informed to investigate- I wonder why- and their report released on 12/14/09- didn't say anything except they should have followed the rules already in place- No body gets fired or reprimanded-

    July 2, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  2. Marsha Lamb

    I can not believe the treatment that our Veterans receive and no one does anything to fix the problem. American people should stand up and make the VA fix the problems take care of the Veterans. The news media should tell about the real way they get treated! Everyone wants them to fight for our Country, but no one wants to fight for them when they come home! The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay get better health care!!

    July 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  3. YankeeNovember

    How excellent the medical team of a VA hospital really does have a lot to do with where in our country the better doctors and nurses chose to practice; and also, from which universities the VA hospitals are able to draw the best student/ interns.


    July 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm |