At least five have been diagnosed with Hepatitis C in Jerusalem after being given a contrast medium fluid for a CT scan at a local hospital, according to local media.

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The investigation into the outbreak surrounds a CT scanner at Misgav Ladach hospital where the patients were given the contrast medium in mid-March.

The CT scanner has been placed out of use as the investigation continues.

Hepatitis C is a liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from a person infected with the Hepatitis C virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.

Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.” Acute Hepatitis C virus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the Hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, or even death.