Thursday, May 29, 2014

UMN halts blood-sugar screenings at St. Paul high-rise

The University of Minnesota has halted blood-sugar screenings at a St. Paul high-rise residence because monitoring equipment was being used on multiple patients, thereby creating an infectious disease risk.

"The risk of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection from a shared device is low, but there is still a risk," the U said in a statement released Thursday. "There have been no reported infections as a result of this possible exposure."

Blood-sugar screenings were being offered at Skyline, a high-rise residence located in the Midway area of St. Paul that caters largely to immigrant populations, university officials said.

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