SGH hepatitis C cluster update: 818 patients screened, no new positives

The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has screened 818 patients for hepatitis C.
The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has screened 818 patients for hepatitis C.ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN

SINGAPORE - The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has screened 818 patients for hepatitis C, it said in an update on Wednesday (Nov 4).

These patients had stayed in Wards 64A and 67, which were affected by the outbreak, from January to September this year.

Of the 818 patients screened as of Wednesday 1pm, 712 had tested negative and three positive as announced earlier. They have all been informed. Still pending are 103 test results, SGH said.

A total of 315 staff have been screened. Of these, 314 results were negative and one is pending, the hospital added.

SGH announced on Oct 6 that 22 kidney patients had contracted hepatitis C while receiving treatment in the hospital.

Eight patients have died, with five of the deaths possibly linked to the infection.

Those who think they might be affected should call 6321-3356, leave a message via SMS to 8799-2736, or e-mail check@sgh.com.sg. They should provide their name and NRIC number.