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Editor's Correspondence
October 14, 2002

Blood-Borne Viruses and Health Care Workers

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(18):2141-2142. doi:

Sara Cody and colleagues,1 in their interesting report of transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) from a patient to an anesthesiologist and then to a second patient, outline once again the problem of transmission of blood-borne viruses in hospital settings. Transmission of another hepatitis virus, namely, hepatitis B virus (HBV), from surgeons to patients has been widely documented,26 whereas reports of HCV transmission are rare79 and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission exceptional.10 Health care workers are also at risk of acquiring blood-borne infections during their duties.

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