Hepatitis and the healthcare worker - A Pakistani perspective

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Hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) virus infections are the most important causes of chronic liver disease, and the biggest health challenges facing the developing worid today. Pakistan is in the intermediate HBV and HCV prevalence area. The health care worker (HCW) is at the forefront of this battle to control this epidemic. From physicians, nurses, to the para-medical staff, the HCW constantly places himself in potential danger, by attending to infected patients. This article reviews the literature available so far on the potential risk of transmission of HBV and HCV both to and from the HCW and makes recommendations for the prevention of such transmission in our working environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-245
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007


  • Healthcare worker
  • Transmission
  • Viral hepatitis


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