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A nurse associated with hepatitis C scares loses a state license



TACOMA, Washington – A nurse who was arrested in connection with a possible hepatitis C outbreak at a Washington hospital says she has not taken any drugs and is not a carrier of hepatitis C. The News Tribune Reports Cora Weberg, who was arrested last week and released from Pierce County Prison on Monday, was not charged, but her foster permit was suspended by the state.

At least two patients at the hospital were infected with the disease and officials say they believe the nurse took some of the patients' narcotics for their own use and then injected those patients with the same needle.

Government records indicate that Weberg, a nurse at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, has admitted to the investigators that she diverts injectable fentanyl and hydromorphone for her personal use from the hospital.

The hospital is now testing 2,600 former patients who received injections of drugs, antihistamines or sedatives, while Weberg was on duty between 4 August 201

7 and 23 March 2018.

At a press conference on Tuesday Weberg refused drug use.

Records say Weberg has told the state that she was informed several years ago that she had tested positive for hepatitis C after donating blood, but Weberg said that was not true.

She says she has told the state that she is not a "contagious carrier of hepatitis C".

Weberg's lawyer Bryan Hershman said she confesses she stole drugs to commit a suicide attempt] © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, transmitted, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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