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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2005 October;164(5):367-8

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language: Italian

HCV transmission by accidental infected needle prick

Guglielmi V., Piccigallo E., Tutino M.

IRCCS “De Bellis” Castellana Grotte, Bari


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Aim. One of the possible way of transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the accidental prick with infected needle. In the literature the prevalence is between 0 and 10 %. We wanted to determinate this prevalence in our healthcare workers.
Methods. In 2 years, between January 2000 and January 2002, we have studied eight anti-HCV negative healthcare workers that needed our First Aid Centre for HCV-infected needle prick. For two years all of them were analysed for the appearance of anti-HCV (time 0 and 6, 12, 24 months later) or HCVRNA (time 0, after 15 days and then after 1, 3, 6, 12, 24 months).
Results. The prevalence is 0 %: nobody has became HCV-positive.
Conclusions. We believe that our healthcare workers have not became HCV-positive thanks to immediate finger press, the diligent cleaning and disinfection of the wound and to the little blood quantity in the needle.

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