Hepatitis C Virus Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Natural History

  • Author: Francesco Negro, MD (More Info)
  • Editors In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 5/23/18 (What's New)

Summary

  • Occupational exposure via skin injury potentially causes up to 16,000 new cases of HCV annually[Prüss-Ustün 2005]
  • Nurses experience the highest exposure rates, followed by medical residents
    • Fatigue and deviations from infection control practices are contributing factors

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