Norwood O. Hill, MD
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To the Editors: Kiyosawa and colleagues' article (1) on hepatitis C in hospital employees raises the question of why hepatitis C virus (HCV) was not added to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines issued in July. These guidelines were intended to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus (HBV) from infected health care workers to patients. The guidelines recommend that health care workers determine their HIV and HBV status and, if infected, refrain from doing invasive procedures.
Hepatitis C virus should be added to those guidelines for the following reasons: 1) In blood donors and,
Hill NO. Hepatitis C after Needlestick Injuries. Ann Intern Med. ;116:345–346. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-4-345
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(4):345-346.
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