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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
Print version ISSN 1681-150X

Abstract

GREYLING, P; LE ROUX, TLB  and  BOTHA, L. Hepatitis C virus and the risk to the healthcare worker. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2014, vol.13, n.4, pp.35-38. ISSN 2309-8309.

The risk of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission is six times higher per needle-stick exposure than is the risk of HIV infection (1.8% vs 0.3%). The prevalence of HCV in South Africa is not known but estimated to be between 0.1 and 0.7%. Genotype 5 is predominantly found in South Africa. Currently there is no protocol in place for HCV exposure. The treatment cost of HCV is expensive. Currently none of the insurance companies covers post-HCV exposure.

Keywords : hepatitis C virus; transmission risk; post-exposure protocol.

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