Life sentence for largest US hep C outbreak

Clark County District Judge Valerie Adair sentenced Dr Dipak Desai , 63, yesterday. The former state medical board member was found guilty in July of 27 criminal charges, including second-degree murder, in a viral outbreak in 2007 that officials traced to his clinics.

Desai was convicted in the death of 77-year-old Rodolfo Meana in April 2012, and authorities have since reported the death of a second infected person in the case.

Lawyer Ed Bernstein said his 73-year-old client, Michael Washington, died on 23 August in Dallas of complications from the disease. Prosecutors haven't decided whether to press additional murder charges, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Desai had created a penny-pinching work environment at the Endoscopy Clinic of Southern Nevada, emphasising profits over patient safety and leading to unsafe clinic and injection practices that spread the virus.

The outbreak was believed to be the nation’s

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