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Dutch consider obligatory testing of surgeons for hepatitis B

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 06 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1219
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Pressure is mounting in the Netherlands for regular testing plus obligatory vaccination against viruses such as hepatitis B for medical and nursing staff working in areas where there is a risk of blood contact.

    The calls follow an investigation into how up to 28 patients were infected with hepatitis B by a surgeon over four years at the Saint Joseph Hospital near Eindhoven. One patient subsequently passed the virus to his partner, who later died, probably …

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