Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) occupational exposure

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“We retrospectively audited hospital occupational exposure events over a 10-year period, in a human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-endemic area of Central Australia, and report on 53 individuals exposed to HTLV-1 with no transmissions documented (95% confidence interval, 0%-1.5%).” Hewagama et al (2014).

Reference:

Hewagama, S., Krishnaswamy, S., King, L., Davis, J. and Baird, R. (2014) Human T-Cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 Exposures Following Blood-borne Virus Incidents in Central Australia, 2002-2012. Clinical Infectious Diseases. May 1st. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

We retrospectively audited hospital occupational exposure events over a 10-year period, in a human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-endemic area of Central Australia, and report on 53 individuals exposed to HTLV-1 with no transmissions documented (95% confidence interval, 0%-1.5%). This has important implications for the management of exposures including the role of postexposure prophylaxis.

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