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Hepatitis B probe at hospital unit

Hepatitis B probe at hospital unit

A Swansea hospital could be open to legal action after heart surgery patients were warned they may have contracted Hepatitis B.

More than 150 people could have been affected at the city's Morriston Hospital, after a patient who died last month was found to have the virus.

An inquiry is under way to find the source of the virus, and all non-emergency heart surgery at the Cardiothoracic unit has been postponed while new equipment is arranged.

All of those who had an operation at the unit from March 11 to April 17 may have been infected, and blood tests are being offered to screen for the disease.

ABM University Health Board managers have insisted that the risk of infection is "low".

The family of the patient who died, understood to be a mother who had made a good recovery after undergoing surgery before being found with acute Hepatitis B, have meanwhile lodged an official complaint.

The patient's family and hospital staff have already been ruled out as a source of the infection.

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