COPY-Congressmen to assess progress at VA hospital

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two congressmen will be in St. Louis on Wednesday to visit the Cochran VA Medical Center and assess efforts to correct sterilization concerns at the hospital.

Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan of St. Louis will be joined by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican.

In 2010, the hospital suspended surgeries and sent letters to more than 1,800 veterans because improperly cleaned dental equipment could have exposed them to hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV. The VA said the risk of infection was remote and no illnesses were ever tied to the faulty sterilization.

The VA has said the problems have been corrected. Surgeries resumed last year.

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