Dodge County District Judge Samson is nearing a decision on whether lawsuits stemming from a 2002 hepatitis C outbreak in Fremont will be tried in Dodge County or at another site.
He told attorneys at a pretrial conference Thursday that he will make his announcement within six weeks.
In December, attorneys for former Fremont Cancer Clinic oncologist Tahir Javed and nurse Linda Prochaska requested a change of venue for a malpractice lawsuit filed against them by the family of Cheryl Gentry.
The 49-year-old Gentry died in March 2003 of liver complications after allegedly contracting hepatitis C at the clinic.
Gentry was one of 99 people who tested positive for the infection during screenings in the fall of 2002 and the spring of 2003.
All 99 had received treatment at the clinic between March 2000 and December 2001.
Since the screenings, 117 lawsuits have been filed in district court.
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Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/c/faq.htm#1b (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).