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Hepatitis c risk
Jul 14, 2008

I broke a glass ware and cut my hand and arm at home 3 hours after I came back from Emergency waiting room. Those two cuts are small with light bleeding. I did spend four hours in ER waiting room and there were several patients in the same waiting room with cut or would. Those patients might touch their blood and bring hepatitis C virus to the furniture in ER waiting room. Since I contacted several chairs and tables while I was there, I am worried that I may catch hepatitis C virus from those contaminated surface through the cuts on my hand and arm. Please help.

Response from Dr. McGovern

I would not worry about your risk. There are no proven cases of hepatitis C transmission from an environmental contamination. If HCV was this easy to catch - everyone would be infected.



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