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NC law targets assisted living center infections

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A new North Carolina law aims to prevent infectious diseases like one that killed six residents at a Wayne County assisted living center in 2009.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the law taking effect this month is designed to save lives by requiring cleaner practices and better trained staff.

Dr. Thomas Bender with Duke University says the law is an effort to deal with faulty diabetes care causing an increasing number of hepatitis outbreaks. The former investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says North Carolina's program compares well to other states' efforts.

The changes were prompted after residents died at the Wayne County nursing home from what public health officials said were under-trained employees misusing infection-tainted diabetes instruments.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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