To the Editor: Dr Sulkowski and colleagues1 present a case of occupational hepatitis C virus
(HCV) infection in a medical intern following a needlestick from an intravenous
(IV) catheter stylet. In reviewing the occupational risk of HCV infection,
they state that "HCV transmission following a single needlestick accident
occurs approximately 10 times more often than HIV [human immunodeficiency
virus] transmission." This estimate appears to derive from studies reported
in their Table, which reported
a total of 333 HCV-exposed health care workers (HCWs), 14 of whom became infected,
for an overall transmission rate of 4.2%.
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