Thursday, March 24, 2011

Viral Hepatitis Updates from CDC

New Posters Available CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis has made six new viral hepatitis educational posters available for order.
Here are a few;
Hepatitis C Information for the Public
Hepatitis Information for Specific Population
Hepatitis B and Pregnancy

Hepatitis B Patient Education Resources
CDC has seven two-page downloadable fact sheets on hepatitis B available.
They are available in color or black and white.
Select factsheets are available in other languages.

Hepatitis Single Topic Conference - Chronic Viral Hepatitis: Strategies to Improve Effectiveness of Screening and Treatment
This event is co-sponsored by the CDC and will be held at the Emory Conference Center, in Atlanta, GA from June 4-5, 2011.
This conference will cover the differences between efficacy and effectiveness of approaches to viral hepatitis screening, care referral and clinical management of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV), and chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections.

CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010
These guidelines for the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were updated by CDC after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs.
The information in this report updates the 2006 Guidelines for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (MMWR 2006;55 [No. RR--11]).
Includes sections on Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

MMWR - Potential Transmission of Viral Hepatitis Through Use of Stored Blood Vessels as Conduits in Organ Transplantation
In May 2009, HCV was transmitted when a transplant facility inadvertently used a blood vessel conduit from an HCV-seropositive donor in a seronegative recipient.
CDC recommends that transplant centers discontinue the practice of storing vessel from donors with markers for viral hepatitis, including HBV surface antigen (HBsAg), HCV antibody (anti-HCV), and HBV or HCV detectable by nucleic acid tests.

MMWR - Deaths from Acute Hepatitis B Virus Infection Associated with Assisted Blood Glucose Monitoring in an Assisted-Living Facility
The investigation identified unsafe practices, including sharing of reusable fingerstick lancing devices approved for single patient use only and shared use of blood glucose meters without cleaning and disinfection between patients.
This outbreak underscores the need for increased efforts to promote compliance with infection-control guidelines in assisted-living facilities. Sharing of blood glucose monitoring equipment in assisted-living facilities has resulted in at least 16 outbreaks of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in the United States since 2004.

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