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Am J Infect Control. 2013 Jan;41(1):92-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2012.01.022. Epub 2012 May 25.

Hepatitis C transmission due to contamination of multidose medication vials: summary of an outbreak and a call to action.

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Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


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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