Kendo Kiyosawa, MD; Takeshi Sodeyama, MD; Eiji Tanaka, MD; Yoshiyuki Nakano, MD; Seiichi Furuta, MD; Kusuya Nishioka, MD; Robert H. Purcell, MD; Harvey J. Alter, MD
Hepatitis virus infection has been a problem among hospital employees. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is now controlled by hospital safety practices limiting exposure to blood and other body fluids and by both passive and active immunization (1). Without an antigen-antibody system for detecting non-A, non-B hepatitis virus, there has been no way to confirm this diagnosis or to establish that the hepatitis developing in a needlestick recipient was related to that of the implicated patient. Recently, the primary agent of non-A, non-B hepatitis, now designated hepatitis C virus (HCV), has been cloned (2), and an assay to detect antibody
Kiyosawa K, Sodeyama T, Tanaka E, Nakano Y, Furuta S, Nishioka K, et al. Hepatitis C in Hospital Employees with Needlestick Injuries. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:367–369. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-5-367
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(5):367-369.
Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease.
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