Occupational transmission of hepatitis C virus resulting from use of the same supermarket meat slicer


Corresponding author and reprint requests:Dr L. Bocket, Laboratoire de Virologie, Centre de Biologie-Pathologie, Av. du Pr J. Leclercq, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille, 59037 Lille Cedex, France E-mail: l-bocket@chru-lille.fr


Clin Microbiol Infect 2011; 17: 238–241


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.