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Surgical procedures as a major risk factor for chronic hepatitis C virus infection in Italy: evidence from a case-control study.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
1201-9712
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
4
Pages
207–210
Identifiers
PMID: 10575150
Source
Medline

Abstract

These findings indicate that, besides the well-known sources of infection, such as blood transfusion and intravenous drug use, surgical procedures may play an important role in the spread of HCV infection in Italy. Given that a large proportion of the general population undergoes surgery, a rational and relatively inexpensive policy for the prevention of HCV infection must focus on implementing efficient procedures for the sterilization of instruments and the use of disposable materials in surgical units.

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