Quick Read: Dirty Medical Needles Infect Thousands Across the US
Investigation finds 150,000 unsafe injections in last 10 years, leading to 49 disease outbreaks. These are entirely preventable disease outbreaks. USA Today profiles two people who were infected with hepatitis C and have endured lengthy treatments, one woman while simultaneously being treated for cancer.
As drug-resistant superbugs and increasingly virulent viruses menace the medical world, patients face a threat that was supposed to die with the advent of the disposable syringe 150 years ago: dirty needles.