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A lawsuit alleges that patients at the Mass. hospital. were exposed to HIV and hepatitis

Nearly 450 patients at a Massachusetts hospital were recently warned that they were potentially exposed to HIV and hepatitis, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in the state.

Massachusetts Superior Court records show Keches Law Group filed a lawsuit against Mass General Brigham, Salem Hospital and 10 hospital employees on behalf of Melinda Cashman, who the suit says was exposed to the infections .

Cashman, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, is among hundreds of endoscopy patients exposed to HIV or hepatitis B or C between June 2021 and April 2023, according to an eight-page complaint filed Friday.

Endoscopy is a procedure that involves inserting a flexible tube with a light and camera into a person’s body, allowing doctors to examine the inside of the body to detect disease.

The suit, which cites negligence by the hospital and its employees, goes on to claim that Cashman suffered permanent injury, anxiety, emotional distress and a diminished quality of life due to the reported exposure .

Hospital: “extremely low” risk

But the risk of infection “is extremely low,” the hospital told The Associated Press.

“The safety of our patients is our top priority and we have undertaken several corrective actions in response to this event,” Salem Hospital said in a statement to the AP.

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