22 patients in SGH renal ward infected with hepatitis C; 4 patients have died


The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has apologised for an outbreak of the hepatitis C virus in one of its renal wards, which has led to 22 patients being infected with the virus. Of the 22, four – who were also ill with other serious conditions – have since died. At a media briefing on Tuesday (Oct 6) afternoon, the hospital said it had noted an increased frequency of hepatitis C virus infections (from an average of two to four infections per year to five in a few weeks) in early June in the ward.