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US hepatitis C virus testing recommendations may miss 25% of cases, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2337 (Published 22 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2337
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

US guidelines for testing for hepatitis C virus infection may miss as many as one in four infections in an urban emergency department population, a US study has found.1

The findings indicated that one time testing of all adults aged 18 years and older who came to emergency departments that served a high risk urban population would more effectively identify those with chronic virus infection, the authors said.

Yu-Hsiang Hsieh, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine in Baltimore, was the lead author of the study, published in Clinical Infectious …

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