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Letters sent out to 654 people over Melbourne hepatitis B

Letters are being sent out to 654 people around Melbourne, warning them about a possible hepatitis B scare.

It follows a positive diagnosis of hepatitis B in a health care worker.

The Health department is refusing to identify the facility involved or the area and Chief Health officer Dr Roscoe Taylor says the follow up is a precaution.

He says no patient has tested positive so far and a positive result is unlikely.

‘I’m heartened by the fact that we’ve already run a lot of patient names through the database and there haven’t been any patients who’ve been identified with Hepatitis B notified to date,’ he said.

‘So the probability of this occurring is probably well under one per cent.’

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