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Mark Sayre, Investigative Reporter

More Business Licenses Suspended Amid Hepatitis Scare

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A Las Vegas clinic may have exposed thousands of patients to hepatitis C. A Las Vegas clinic may have exposed thousands of patients to hepatitis C.

Late Monday afternoon, Clark County suspended the licenses of three additional clinics run by the same people who own the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.

The businesses are the Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center, 4275 S. Burnham, the Gastroenterology Center of Nevada, also located at 4275 S. Burnham and the Spanish Hills Surgical Center located at 5915 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Read Clark County's Suspension Order

This news from the county comes after the city denied a appeal to reinstate the business license of the Endoscopy Center.

Southern Nevada Health District Hotline is (702) 759-4636 (INFO)

Two of the doctors who own the clinic, along with their attorneys, met with city officials in an appeal lasting for just 45 minutes.

Read The City's Suspension Order Here

In attendance, two of the doctors listed as co-owners of the business, Dipak Desai and Clifford Carrol. They were represented by two attorneys, including Abe Vigil of Lewis and Roca and also prominent defense attorney Richard Wright.

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The city manager, the director of finance, and the business license director represented the city.

Read the Panel's Decision 

While no members of the media or the public were allowed inside, we are told that attorneys for the doctors involved in this clinic did make a presentation.

Read the Health District letter sent to patients

Shortly after the meeting concluded, the results were announced by Mayor Oscar Goodman, "The hearing was basically conducted by those other persons who were part of this ad hoc committee. They rendered the result and any other action will take place in an open forum and the press will always be advised of what we are doing. There are no secrets in the City of Las Vegas."

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The appeals process is over as far as the city is concerned. Under the city code, the attorneys for the Endoscopy Center can take the suspension to District Court within the next 10 days.

If the center does not appeal, the city says the right to appeal is deemed waived.

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Nobody on behalf of the medical clinic was talking. In fact, the doctors waited in a side hallway before the hearing began to try to stay out of the view of news photographers.

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Eyewitness News placed a call to attorney Abe Vigil after the city announced its decision, but the call was not returned.

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