The head nurse at a cancer center where the nation's largest hepatitis C outbreak began has lost her license.
Linda Prochaska was the head nurse for Dr. Tahir Javed, who last year admitted using unsanitary practices at his Fremont Cancer Clinic.
The clinic used the same saline bag and syringes on multiple patients, according to court documents. At least 99 of his patients at the clinic contracted hepatitis C between March 2000 and December 2001, including one who died.
Attorney General Jon Bruning said Monday that the state had revoked Prochaska's license.
The state revoked Javed's license last year. He left the country for his native Pakistan in 2002, around the time when the first hepatitis cases were detected.
Bruning refused to say what, if any, action might be taken against other health-care professionals who allegedly observed the unsanitary practices in Javed's office but did not notify regulators.
"I think these patients have a right to be angry," Bruning said. "I'm angry. It's something that ought to scare all of us."
Bruning said that while Prochaska could apply for a new license after two years, it was unlikely she would be granted one.
Javed was last reported to be working as the health minister in Punjab, in northeastern Pakistan. He told the Pakistani newspaper Daily Times last year that the allegations against him were part of anti-Muslim propaganda since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Javed told the newspaper he wasn't responsible for negligence committed by nurses or other staff. He said it was ridiculous to blame him for the outbreak because terminal hepatitis C cases take more than three years to develop, the length of time he was in charge of the clinic.