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Boston hospital monitors 5 for possible hepatitis

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BOSTON (AP) - Doctors are monitoring five patients who may have been exposed to Hepatitis B when they were treated at Boston Medical Center.

Hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Watson said Saturday that the hospital became aware that a small number of patients were potentially exposed to the hepatitis B virus and five patients are potentially at risk.

A spokesperson for the Boston Medical Center released a statement Sunday saying, "Boston Medical Center strives to provide safe, high-quality care, without exception, to all of our patients. Recently, we became aware that a small number of patients were potentially exposed to Hepatitis B virus and five patients are potentially at risk from the exposure. We have communicated with these patients and are monitoring them closely. Additional measures have been put in place to avoid the possibility of a similar exposure in the future."

The hospital says the patients may have been exposed earlier this month through dialysis equipment that was not properly cleaned.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says it's investigating.

Hepatitis B attacks the liver and can last a few weeks or become a long-term, life-threatening ailment. The virus is spread through bodily fluids such as blood.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea and joint pain.

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