Clinic 'shocked' after 3 patients diagnosed with hepatitis B

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston spinal care center is working with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control after receiving the "shocking" news that 3 of its patients contracted hepatitis B after getting injections there.

Tri-County Spinal Care Center was notified on Friday, May 17 their North Charleston Clinic was under investigation by DHEC after three patients were infected after receiving spinal injections on the same day in February.

The clinic is located at 8626 Dorchester Road.

According to a release from Tri-County Spine, the center is cooperating with DHEC's investigation and 18 patients who may be at risk have been notified.

"This is very shocking to us," said Chiropractic Physician Cameron Wills, who works at the center. "Lab tests have not yet confirmed how these infections were contracted. We are working feverishly with DHEC to scrutinize every element of our procedures. This is perplexing because we use pre-packaged sterile supplies."

DHEC ordered the North Charleston clinic to cease and desist all invasive procedures after the three patients were recently diagnosed with the disease.

Tri-County Spinal Care Center will be required to provide DHEC with: access to the building, clinic records and employees, and patient information as requested.

If patients are concerned they can call the clinic at 843-225-7746 to speak with a doctor.

There is another clinic in Summerville, but it is not involved in this investigation.

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