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Editor's Correspondence
February 24, 2003

Risk of Hepatitis C Virus Transmission From Infected Sanitary Staff to Patients

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(4):495. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.4.495a

Ross et al1 reported that the risks of provider-to-patient transmission are relatively rare events. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a recently identified virus and its method of transmission is not yet completely known. However, HCV infection is an emerging health problem.2 Many studies have shown that there are protected groups (blood donors) but more especially that there are groups with a high risk of contagion (eg, drug users, the insane, veterans, dialysis patients, and prisoners) even though among the general population in the developed countries the prevalence remains low.3,4 Many people with chronic HCV infection are asymptomatic, so knowing the prevalence of the infection both in the general population and in groups at high risk is necessary to develop and evaluate prevention efforts.5

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