In August, ten Glen Care residents contracted hepatitis B. Yesterday A sixth person died as a result of the same hepatitis B outbreak. Eight cases had been reported previously, but officials said follow-up tests on two other residents showed that they had antibodies that indicated they had the illness but had recovered on their own.
Officials believe unsafe practices with blood-glucose monitors likely spread the illness.
Hepatitis B is a contagious virus that can cause severe liver problems, and it is typically transmitted by exposure to blood or body fluids. Symptoms include fever, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, dark urine and yellowish skin.