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Teacher Fired After Re-using Needles With Students

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Christine Eke4 years ago

A biology teacher in North Carolina was fired Thursday when she instructed her class to prick their fingers, using needles, and then clean them with rubbing alcohol for other classes to re-use.

About the Blood Typing Incidents

  • According to FOX News, Miyoshi McMillan, a lateral-entry teacher, was released from Overhills High School for using lancets without school permission and also violating student safety measures.
  • Eleven students took place in the experiment sharing seven blood-testing kits after which the students were told to swap the needles with alcohol so the next class could use them.
  • The incident could have exposed multiple students to blood-borne pathogens like hepatitis and HIV through the sharing needles.
  • McMillan has stated that the incident is being overreacted to and that she is only and ever concerned with the safety of the students.  

Hepatitis Infection Statistics

  • In 2011, there were 2,890 reported cases of Hepatitis B virus (HBV).
  • In 2011, there was an estimated 16,500 new cases of Hepatitis C (HCV).
  • In 2010, 1,792 deaths were attributed to HBV and 16,627were attributed to HCV.
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