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Low-risk warning issued by First Nations University of Canada.

Students who participated in a blood-testing program at the First Nations University of Canada between 2002-2011 are being urged to get tested for possible blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. During this time frame, lancets, which are double blades used to pierce the skin and cause the finger to bleed, were cleaned in alcohol and used a second time. Standard practice now calls for the entire lancet to be used once and then disposed of. "We've been compiling their addresses and have been mailing letters out to them and will be e-mailing them if possible," said Anthony De Padua, director of health sciences. "Through this advisory report, this will be another way for the students to recognize that they perhaps need to look at this particular issue." This is only a precautionary measure, and the university is not aware of any students who were involved in these tests having any type of blood-borne pathogen in that period of time.

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Date:Feb 1, 2013
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