CDC Calls for Baby Boomers to be Tested for Hepatitis C
Posted on May 22, 2012
In an unusual step that has important implications for dentistry, on May 18th the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called for all baby boomers--those born between 1945 and 1965--to get tested for hepatitis C, saying hundreds of thousands of people in this age group may have the infection but not remember the behaviors that put them at risk. It only takes very small amounts of the virus to be transmitted by blood to cause the infection, which, left untreated, can lead to cirrhosis of the liver as well as liver cancer. Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States, and kills as many as 15,000 people every year.
Read the full Washington Post article here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-recommends-hepatitis-c-tests-for-all-baby-boomers/2012/05/18/gIQAmRoWZU_story.html) and then make sure your practice safety policies are up-to-date and your staff knows the CDC's Universal Precautions for Preventing Transmission of Bloodborne Infections (which can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/universal.html).