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Risk of transmission and features of hepatitis C after needlestick injuries.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemio
  • Hamid SS, Aga Khan University
  • Farooqui B, Aga Khan University
  • Rizvi Q, Aga Khan University
  • Sultana T, Aga Khan University
  • Anwar Ali Ali Siddiqui, Aga Khan University
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The rate of transmission and management of needlestick injuries from hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients to healthcare workers is still a matter of debate. We used a stringent protocol using monthly transaminase levels and polymerase chain reaction for HCV RNA to monitor 53 healthcare workers prospectively for up to 6 months following needle injuries from HCV-positive patients. Evidence of transmission of HCV was found in only 2 workers (4%) with mild asymptomatic infection, one of which resolved spontaneously. Based on our experience, we now use a less-intensive follow-up protocol. Further investigation is required to determine the most cost-effective method to monitor individuals who suffer a needlestick injury from an HCV-positive patient
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Hamid SS, Farooqui B, Rizvi Q, Sultana T, et al.. "Risk of transmission and features of hepatitis C after needlestick injuries." Infect Control Hosp Epidemio Vol. 20 Iss. 1 (1999) p. 63 - 64
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