CDC Urging Dialysis Providers and Facilities to Assess and Improve Infection Control Practices to Stop Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis

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This is an official CDC HEALTH ADVISORY.

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received an increased number of reports of newly acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients undergoing hemodialysis. Infection control lapses in dialysis care could expose patients to HCV. Any case of new HCV infection in a patient undergoing hemodialysis should prompt immediate action. CDC is urging dialysis providers and facilities to:

1) Assess current infection control practices and environmental cleaning and disinfection practices within the facility to ensure adherence to infection control standards;

2) Address any gaps identified by the assessments;

3) Screen patients for HCV, following CDC guidelines, to detect infections, determine treatment potential, and halt secondary transmission; and

4) Promptly report all acute HCV infections to the state or local health department.

For the complete CDC Health Advisory, click here.

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