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Hepatitis C Virus Transmission From a Healthcare Worker to a Patient

  • Florence Lot (a1), Elisabeth Delarocque-Astagneau (a1), Valérie Thiers (a2), Claude Bernet (a3), François Rimlinger (a2), Jean-Claude Desenclos (a1), Pascal Chaud (a4) and Françoise Dumay (a5)...

We investigated the source of infection in a patient who developed acute hepatitis C virus infection after cardiothoracic surgery. A healthcare worker was found to be infected with hepatitis C virus, and molecular analysis indicated the strain was similar to that found in the patient. The exact mode of transmission was not identified; however, atopic eczema on the healthcare worker's hands may have contributed to the transmission.

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Institut de veille sanitaire, Département des maladies infectieuses, 12 rue du Val d'Osne, 94415 Saint-Maurice cedex, France (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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