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HAV Outbreak

2013 - Multistate hepatitis A virus infections linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey

Hepatitis in young persons who inject drugs (PWID)

The highest reported incidence of acute hepatitis C in the United States is now among persons aged 20–29 years. In recent years, there has been an emerging HCV epidemic among young PWID, particularly in rural and suburban settings. Further reading.

Healthcare-associated Outbreaks

Upon consultation CDC can provide assistance to health departments during investigation, and share best practices based on many states’ previous experiences with issues such as: infection control breaches previously associated with transmissions in specific settings and observation recommendations, guidance for notification messages including specific populations to screen and guidance on laboratory testing and molecular genetic investigation.

Healthcare-Associated Hepatitis B and C Outbreaks Reported to CDC in 2008-2013

Investigation Checklist

General infection prevention and control assessment tool

Investigation Letter

Example follow-up letter that could be sent to healthcare facilities and/or providers identified during an investigation

Investigation Guide

Recommended steps for investigating single cases of HBV or HCV suspected to be related to healthcare delivery

Notification and Testing Toolkit

Framework for use by health departments for public notification in response to possible bloodborne pathogen exposures
 
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