Veterans Infected with Potentially Deadly Disease

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 2:04 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - There have been 20 veterans who have tested positive for Hepatitis after the Buffalo VA Hospital used the same, blood-tainted insulin pens on several patients. Officials said there is no way to trace exactly how they contracted it but lawmakers are confident some, if not all, got sick because of the mix-up at the hospital on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo.

The patients tested positive for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. There were 716 people exposed to the virus by those insulin pens.

Lawmakers who represent the area call this a systematic breakdown and are demanding the VA move faster to address the issue.

"The VA in the accountability is not being held to a standard that I believe the President of the United States should hold them to. I believe heads should be rolling. And they're not," Congressman Chris Collins said.

The VA said it is reviewing policies and procedures. Collins argues that they are just moving too slow. He wants a plan in place as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the attorney representing the veterans is also talking about his case.

"They can resolve these claims or not resolve them. They may respond to them and attempt to arbitrate or do something of that nature or do nothing at all. In that case, then we can just file our lawsuit," Attorney Don Chiari said.

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