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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 14, 2015

Surgical Patients Acquire HCV

JAMA. 2015;313(14):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2672

Contaminated medical equipment and supplies used during surgical procedures have been implicated in 2 cases of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

Five weeks after having a uterine dilation and curettage procedure in New Jersey in 2010, a woman developed hepatitis symptoms and tested positive for HCV. The New Jersey Department of Health’s investigation found that a patient with known HCV infection underwent surgery immediately prior to the woman. Analyses determined that both had genotype 1a HCV infection, which was transmitted to the woman from the patient with a confirmed infection at the time of surgery.