What causes hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is a bloodborne virus and infection spreads when contaminated blood enters the bloodstream of an uninfected person. It is commonly transmitted through:
 
  • Injecting drug use through the sharing of injection equipment
  • The reuse or inadequate sterilization of medical equipment, especially syringes and needles in healthcare settings
  • The transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products.
  • Being born to a mother who has hepatitis C
  • Sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes
  • Having sexual contact with a person infected with the hepatitis C virus
 
 
hepatitis c causes
 
 

Sources 
  • "Viral Hepatitis." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 Oct. 2016. Web. 04 May 2017.
  • "Hepatitis C." World Health Organization. World Health Organization, Apr. 2017. Web. 04 May 2017.
  • "Hepatitis C." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 26 July 2016. Web. 04 May 2017.
  • "Hepatitis C." Hepatitis C | Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. Johns Hopkins Health System, n.d. Web. 04 May 2017.

 

From Our Blog: International Infection Prevention Week
Established by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, International Infection Prevention Week has since grown into an international effort, helping teach healthcare professionals best practices to fight the spread of infection. It is up to medical professionals to prevent the spread of infection within medical communities. However, you too can do your part to prevent infection at home and in the workplace. Here are four tips to reduce the spread of infection:
 
hepatitis c causes infection prevention infographic

 

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