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21 Tribal Members Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis B and C and HIV

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At least 21 members of the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe were potentially exposed to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV during a diabetes screening, the tribe's Chairman Tildon Smart told

"It's very scary," Smart, who participated in the screening, told

"It was lack of training," Smart told "The individual that exposed everybody to it, according to statements made by IHS, was directed not to administer the tests or anything like that and continued to do so anyway."

The Indian Health Service official allegedly reused the same monitoring pen, which was not properly sterilized, to check members' blood glucose levels at the NuNu Diabetes Wellness Clinic through IHS.

Yesterday tribal members were tested for various diseases at Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca. Test results are pending.

But some members feel their trust has been violated. "Some individuals don't have a problem with it," Smart "They're willing to go there. There's others that feel that the program had failed them, and they don't feel safe going back."

For more information, contact the Indian Health Service at (775) 532-8522.