Investigation finds 150,000 unsafe injections in last 10 years, leading to 49 disease outbreaks. These are entirely preventable disease outbreaks. USA Today profiles two people who were infected with hepatitis C and have endured lengthy treatments, one woman while simultaneously being treated for cancer.

As drug-resistant superbugs and increasingly virulent viruses menace the medical world, patients face a threat that was supposed to die with the advent of the disposable syringe 150 years ago: dirty needles.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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