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Medicina (Buenos Aires)

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WARLEY, Eduardo et al. Occupational exposure to hepatitis C virus. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2006, vol.66, n.2, pp.97-100. ISSN 0025-7680.

Occupational exposure to Hepatitis C virus is an area of growing concern due to a lack of prophylaxis and limited knowledge regarding prevalence in hospital environment. Between 1999 and 2003, a total of 128 occupational exposures to this virus were registered in Diego Paroissien Hospital, eight of which led to hepatitis (6.3%) and one case to serum conversion (0.8%). Currently there is no preventive therapy and great interest is focused on acute infection therapy the effectiveness of which is still controversial. This study reinforces the fact that adherence to the Universal Precautions is still the most important preventive measure for health care workers, and the most cost beneficial.

Keywords : hepatitis C; occupational exposure; bloodborne pathogens.

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