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Hepatitis C cases increase, found in dialysis clinics

Some cases of hepatitis C infection have been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at dialysis clinics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported 19 hepatitis C cases in 19 dialysis clinics. There were 36 cases of hepatitis C between 2014 and 2015 in 19 dialysis clinics, and nine of those cases were transmitted person-to-person. They report that lapses in infection control procedures are to blame for the rise of hepatitis C cases.

Infection control procedures include injection safety, cleaning and disinfecting, and hand hygiene.

The CDC said the report “underscores the widespread potential for patients to acquire serious infections during dialysis care. [Hepatitis C] transmission can be prevented when proper infection prevention and environmental disinfection practices are consistently followed.”

Hepatitis C infection can cause life-long liver problems, and dialysis is a life-saving treatment for those with kidney problems.

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