RICHARD A. GOODMAN, M.D., M.P.H.
Nosocomial hepatitis B is a well-recognized problem, but acute-care hospitals generally have been considered unlikely settings for the transmission of hepatitis A (1, 2). Several recent reports and presentations, however, suggest that nosocomially acquired hepatitis A may occur more often than previously appreciated (3-12). These reports underscore the need for health care workers, especially those in the hospital setting, to practice rigorous infection-control techniques, particularly handwashing. Rational approaches to the prevention of nosocomial hepatitis A can be facilitated by understanding why this problem occurs infrequently, assessing the implications of findings emerging from epidemiologic investigations of the recent hospital-associated outbreaks, and
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GOODMAN RA. Nosocomial Hepatitis A. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:452-454. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-3-452
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(3):452-454.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease.
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