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    Hepatitis outbreak grows
    Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 9:56 am | Updated: 9:58 am, Wed Dec 21, 2011.
    The Western News The Western News |
    Health Department secures vaccine; now seven cases confirmed

    An outbreak of Hepatitis C has surfaced in Lincoln County, according to Marci Johnson, communicable diseases coordinator of Lincoln County.

    “We’re still investigating it, but right now we’ve got seven confirmed cases,” Johnson said Sunday afternoon. “I’ve been in contact with the state, and they have agreed to supply us with the vaccines for Hepatitis A and B at no charge...”

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    County will keep local Health office

    Affects communicable diseases staffer only

    Citing the need to aid County Nurse Micki Carvey cope with the recent outbreak of Hepatitis C, the Lincoln County Commission has elected to retain the services of Communicable Diseases officer Marci Johnson for six months.

    The Libby office of the Lincoln County Health Department had been ear-marked to shut its doors on Friday, Dec. 30, as the county sought to trim its budget.

    The local office, at 418 Main St., was tabbed for closure in at the end of the year in September with the then-impending retirement of County Nurse Karol Spas on Nov. 11. Commissioners have said the services offered at the clinic have become unnecessary as a result of services offered at St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital and other area clinics, but that has all changed now with the recent hepatitis outbreak...

    ...The office is conducting a free Hepatitis C screening from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Libby Health Department clinic at 418 Main St.

    For more information, contact Johnson at 293-4121.