State health officials said Thursday they are looking into -- but can't confirm -- Internet news reports that tons of medical waste is on its way back to Charleston after being refused by Brazil.

The Latin American Herald Tribune reported that 46.6 tons of hospital waste intercepted in October was shipped back to the Port of Charleston. A cargo vessel sailed Saturday from Suape, an official in charge of the port's freight operations told the newspaper.

The waste consists of sheets, pillowcases, towels, used syringes, various hospital masks and tubes bearing the logos of U.S. hospitals, the report said.

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