Toronto health officials warn of potentially contaminated needles used during health fair
Health officials in Toronto have issued a warning to anyone who received blood glucose testing for diabetes at a health fair last month.
Toronto Public Health says the small needles used in tests conducted during the Vision Infinite Foundation health fair at the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre on March 25th may have been contaminated.
It says an investigation determined the lancet needle was not consistently changed between clients - possibly exposing people to blood-borne viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
Health officials say 20 to 30 people may have been exposed and they have been advised to get a blood test as a precaution even though they say the risk of transmission is very low.