The New York State Department of Health said it has determined that a number of patients of Long Island anesthesiologist Harvey Finkelstein have not yet been notified that they need to be tested for hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV. State and Nassau County health officials first advised patients in May 2005 that they were aware of two cases of hepatitis C related to his practice and that they should be tested if they had had injections from the doctor during the time period of the transmission. The earlier investigation identified 98 patients who were notified by letter. In December 2005, two hepatitis C cases were subsequently identified. Finkelstein was subsequently formally notified to cease improper infection control practices and he was monitored by the state. The investigation was then expanded to include all patients who had received injections from Finkelstein for the five years prior to Jan. 15, 2005. However, based on a review of the doctors office records and billing systems, all patients who believe they received an injection from Finkelstein before Jan. 15, 2005 are now being advised to be tested. Health department officials said they will also send notification letters to patients as they continue to review the records. -- by Cinda Becker
Doc investigated for allegedly infecting patients
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