Catching a disease ranks pretty high on everyone’s worst nightmare list. But what about when you contract it from a medical professional at the hospital? That is exactly what happened at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after discovering a radiology technician contracted Hepatitis C and may have put thousands of patients at risk.
As of Monday, the Mayo Clinic had tested 2,400 patients and sent letters to an additional 2,100. In addition to being completely irresponsible, this employee, Steven Beumel, 47, appears to be a drug addict as well. He admitted to swiping injectable painkillers for recreational use and then reusing the syringes on patients. When tested, it was discovered that his strain of Hepatitis C was almost a perfect match to the one that infected three patients.
Hepatitis C is an infectious disease that affects the liver and is spread by blood-to-blood contact. Currently, there is no cure.
Rest assured that the Mayo Clinic is “taking this seriously” and has fired Beumel. Dr. William C. Rupp, CEO of the Mayo Clinic, adds, “We want to ensure that every patient who might be at risk is tested… We want to cast as wide a net as possible to make sure we’ve included any possible patient.”
Well, if you’ve been to The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and are experiencing Hepatitis C symptoms such as liver pain, jaundice, nausea or vomiting, you may want to head to a hospital (but not the Mayo Clinic) to get yourself checked out!