The Week in Review: Nov 16 – Nov 23, 2018

Friday, Nov 23, 2018 News Recap: Links to a Non-Academic Online Journal and a Blog about Viral Hepatitis We recommend that if you prefer non-academic language and are not yet subscribers to this online magazine or the HepVoice blog about viral hepatitis, that you should consider it. Here are the links. Elimination of Hepatitis C and the Imperative for Trauma-Informed Care Anyone interested in eliminating hepatitis C should read this article, "In...

Hepatitis C Is Detectable in Rectal and Nasal Fluid

High levels of hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be found in the rectal and nasal fluids of people with high hepatitis C viral loads even when blood is not present, Austrian researchers reported on Sunday at the 2018 AASLD Liver Meeting. The findings reinforce the plausibility of HCV transmission through sharing of rolled-up bank notes or other equipment for snorting drugs. The findings were presented by Dr David Chromy of the Medical University of Vienna on

Woman says she contracted hepatitis C at dentist

BELLEVUE, WA (KCPQ/CNN) - A woman says she tested positive for hepatitis C after a visit to a dental office. She now has a legal team looking into how she got the disease. With her youngest son and attorney by her side, the woman, identified only as Sandra, said she is afraid. “I’m concerned, and I don’t feel comfortably able to touch anybody right now,” she said. “I don’t know what it’s about. I’m scared.” She’s frightened after receiving test resu

Could hepatitis C treatments help prevent virus transmission?

University of Bristol An international team of researchers has shed light on the potential impact of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is an important cause of liver cancer and is transmitted through blood to blood contact. People who inject drugs (PWID) and men who have sex with men (MSM), who are also infected with HIV, are key risk groups for HCV infection in UK. New HCV treatments are highly effective, with cure rates often better t...

Australia: Hep C horror at Fiona Stanley

A patient at Fiona Stanley Hospital has contracted hepatitis C — a contagious bloodborne virus that can lead to liver failure and cancer — after being infected in one of the hospital’s operating theatres.The Weekend West can reveal external public health and communicable disease experts were brought in to investigate the incident, which occurred early last year when the hospital was under fire for poor sterilisation procedures.The investigation ruled out s

Healthcare worker who put 8,000 patients at risk of hepatitis C is named as a surgeon who caught the virus during an operation and DIED from it in 2012

The mystery healthcare worker at the centre of a hepatitis C scandal was named today - as it emerged he caught it from a random needle stick injury while on duty. Consultant Robert Pickard is the medic mentioned in a letter sent to more than 8,000 patients treated as far back as 1982 urging them to have blood tests.Mr Pickard, who died from the disease aged 73 in 2012, is thought to have contracted the condition while carrying out a routine operation.He ha

Hepatitis C Reported at 19 Dialysis Clinics: CDC

Health officials blame lapses in infection control practicesTHURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Reports of hepatitis C infections among dialysis patients in the United States are rising, largely because of poor infection control practices, health officials say.Between 2014 and 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received reports of about 36 cases of hepatitis C infection at 19 kidney dialysis clinics in eight states.So far, in