China’s Ministry of Health says it has sent medical experts to investigate a recent outbreak of Hepatitis C in the southern province of Guangdong, that has seen some 200 people infected.
Speaking at a press conference Monday, health ministry spokesperson Deng Haihua said epidemiology, lab detection, clinical medicine and infection control experts have been dispatched to the township of Zicheng, Zijin county in Heyuan city.
Medical malpractice in health clinics is suspected to be the root cause of the infections, but local authorities have denied that drug injection, plasma collection and hemodialysis caused the epidemic.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that is spread mainly by blood-to-blood contact and can lead to scarring of the liver. It can also be passed from mother to child and through sexual contact.
Late last year, 86 people were also confirmed to be infected with the hepatitis C virus in Henan and Anhui provinces.