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Volume 14, Number 2—February 2008


Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus during Computed Tomography Scanning with Contrast

Helena Pañella*Comments to Author , Cristina Rius*, Joan A. Caylà*, and the Barcelona Hepatitis C Nosocomial Research Working Group 1
Author affiliations: *Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain;

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Table 2

Transmission of hepatitis C during computed tomography (CT) scan with contrast*

Characteristic 2004
Jun 11 Jun 25 Jun 29 Aug 9
No. patients scanned after carrier, sharing same equipment 5 11 5 2
No. cases of transmission 3 1 1 1
Time between carrier scan and case scan 2 h 17 min 32 min 29 min 59 min
Hospital A A B C
Secondary attack rate, % (95% CI) 60 (17.04–92.74) 9.09 (0.47–42.88) 20 (1.05–70.12) 50 (2.66–97.33)
Syringe replacement Every 8 h Every 8 h <8 h >24 h
Disconnection procedure with risk of transmission Present Present Present Present

*CI, confidence interval.

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1Barcelona Hepatitis C Nosocomial Research Working Group: E. Molinero and J.R. Villalbí, Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona; F. Bory, J. Bruguera, X. Castells, J.M. Garcés, C. Iniesta, H. Knobel, T. Pi-Sunyer, R. Solà, and J. Varela, Hospital del Mar, Institut Municipal Investigacio Medica; M. Bruguera, A. Feliu, and X. Forns, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona; M. Campins, J.I. Esteban, M. Martell, J. Quer, and J.M. Sánchez, Hospital Vall d’Hebron Institut Català de la Salut, UAB and Ciberehd.