February 21, 2009

Arrests made over India’s Hep. B outbreak

Authorities in India are targeting stores selling bogus drugs and used syringes after a hepatitis B outbreak left 32 people dead, officials said Saturday.

CNN reported five healthcare providers have been arrested over the incidents.

Public health officials have recorded 111 cases of hepatitis B infection in India's western Gujarat state. Of the cases, 32 have died, CNN reported.

Press Trust of India reported Saturday officials have collected samples of drugs and syringes for testing.

Hepatitis B is spread through infected body fluids such as blood, saliva and breast milk. Infection occurs through contaminated blood transfusions, and the sharing of contaminated needles or syringes.