CDC Health Advisory: Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
CDC has released a health advisory: CDC Urging Dialysis Providers and Facilities to Assess and Improve Infection Control Practices to Stop Hepatitis C Virus Transmission in Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis. 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. Recommendations are available for dialysis providers and facilities about to address proper infection prevention and respond to a new case.