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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Doc Infects Patients with Hepatitis B During Surgery
The report, issued by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, said the surgeon first became aware that he had hepatitis B after he stuck himself with a needle, and underwent routine testing for blood-borne diseases. The surgeon had emigrated from a country that had a high prevalence of hepatitis B, and likely had had chronic hepatitis B for some time without showing symptoms, such as fever and nausea.
The report was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in October 2012, but the incident occurred in 2009.