CDC and partners ensure rapid and coordinated surveillance, detection, and response to hepatitis outbreaks.
May 31, 2013 - Multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus infections linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey
Upon consultation CDC can provide assistance to state and local health departments during an investigation, and can share best practices based on many states’ previous experiences with issues such as: infection control breaches previously associated with healthcare-associated transmissions in specific settings and observation recommendations, guidance for notification messages including specific populations to screen and recommendations for testing, and guidance on laboratory testing and molecular genetic investigation.
Healthcare-Associated Hepatitis B and C Outbreaks Reported to CDC in 2008-2013
General infection prevention and control assessment tool for investigation of potential healthcare-associated viral hepatitis transmission
Example follow-up letter that could be sent to healthcare facilities and/or providers identified during an investigation
Recommended steps for investigating single cases of HBV or HCV that are suspected to be related to healthcare delivery
Framework for use by state and local health departments for public notification as part of public health response to possible bloodborne pathogen exposures in a variety of healthcare settings.