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State: 35 in Minot area infected with hepatitis C

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Health Department says another eight people from the Minot area are infected with hepatitis C, and it's still looking for the source of the outbreak.

State epidemiologist Tracy Miller says 35 people have tested positive and about 500 associated with a nursing home have been tested so far. More people could be tested as investigators look for a cause.

Miller says investigators are trying to find the infection's source to prevent more illness. She says they've eliminated drug use, pain management treatments and emergency room visits as possible sources.

ManorCare Health Services-Minot offers long-term care services, but most of its patients come directly from a hospital for rehabilitation before returning home.

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can cause serious liver damage or even death.