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Families of hepatitis victims in ND want answers

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Family members of Minot residents who were part of a large hepatitis C outbreak last year are still searching for answers.

Forty-four people were infected with the virus that can cause serious liver damage and even death. All of the people had spent time at the ManorCare Health Services nursing home in Minot.

The state Health Department's preliminary report on the outbreak says neither the state nor the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could pinpoint how the patients became infected.

Jan Laudenschlager's father was one of the people infected. She says the lack of information on the cause is frustrating.

The Health Department's final report is expected this summer. The state crime bureau also is looking into the outbreak but won't comment on the investigation.