An Australia abortion facility worker is facing more accusations that he infected dozens of women with hepatitis C during abortions. The heath chief of the Australian state of Victoria released the accusations against the abortion practitioner in April.So much for the "women's health" veneer. If there's any silver lining to this, it's that the Chicago method should work very well at this center.
Since then, the number of potential victims has jumped from 12 to 44 as the outbreak at the Croydon Day Surgery abortion business appears worse than earlier reports as the probe continues.
The Herald Sun newspaper indicates the health department investigation into the abortion operation where James Latham Peters was the anesthesiologist will expand -- potentially to as many as 3,600 women who had abortions at his center since 2006.
Here are some fun facts about hepatitis C from the Centers for Disease Control:
~Hepatitis C is a virus that damages liver function.
~About 70-80% of people infected with hepatitis C are asymptomatic. This means that they are less likely to know they have it, and more likely to spread it. In other words, the 44 infections we know of are probably just be the tip of the iceberg.
~Of every 100 people who get hepatitis C, about 60-70 will develop chronic liver disease, and 1-5 will die of cirrhosis or liver cancer.
~There is no medication that treats acute hepatitis C infection, and no vaccine that prevents it.