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Keywords:

  • Hepatitis C virus;
  • occupational transmission;
  • phylogenetic analysis

Clin Microbiol Infect 2011; 17: 238–241

Abstract

Tracing risk factors for acquiring hepatitis C virus (HCV) in an HCV-infected patient, the only identified risk was working at the same butcher’s counter of a supermarket as another HCV-infected patient, using a common ham cutting machine, with frequent bleeding hand injuries. A phylogenetic analysis showed a high percentage of nucleotide homology between the two patients’ strains.