Summary of hepatitis C transmission due to contamination of multidose medication vials

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Intravenous literature: Branch-Elliman, W., Weiss, D., Balter, S., Bornschlegel, K. and Phillips, M. (2013) Hepatitis C transmission due to contamination of multidose medication vials: Summary of an outbreak and a call to action. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 41(1), p.92-94.

Abstract:

In May 2001, The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was informed of a cluster of 4 patients treated at an outpatient gastroenterology center who developed acute hepatitis C virus infection. An investigation identified a total of 12 clinic-associated hepatitis C virus transmissions and the outbreak and was traced to unsafe handling of multidose anesthetic vials and possible re-use of contaminated needles. This report typifies the types of outbreaks that continue to occur despite safe injection guidelines.

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