A hepatitis C outbreak was allegedly caused by a nurse.
A trial date has been set for a woman accused of causing a hepatitis C outbreak in 2015 and infecting at least seven people with the disease.
Elet Neilson, 50, entered a plea of not guilty at the U.S. District Court in Salt Lake Cityto a total of 16 charges, consisting of eight counts of tampering with a consumer product and eight counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. Her three-day trial is set to start Oct. 23.
If convicted of all 16 counts, Neilson faces a maximum of 96 years in prison. However, if Neilson is found guilty of all eight charges of tampering with a consumer product and found to cause serious bodily injury in each charge, her sentence will increase to a maximum of 176 years in prison.
Neilson is accused of causing an outbreak of hepatitis C in McKay-Dee and Davis hospitals that caused the facilities to notify 7,200 former patients of possible exposure to the disease, according to previous Standard-Examiner reporting.
More than 3,700 people came forward for blood tests, and the Utah Department of Health said 16 positive cases of hepatitis C 2b were identified.
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