|Mosquitos and Hep. C
May 10, 2014
Conceding the fact that a mosquito bite cannot transmit Hep. C, would it still be possible to transmit the disease as such?:
A mosquito bites someone infected with Hep. C and exsanguinates the maximum (or just under) capacity of blood that an average size mosquito can hold. Said mosquito then lands on person 2 who is not infected with the disease and starts biting. Person 2 also just received a cut less than a millimeter from the bite site and has an open, bleeding wound. Person 2 reacts as anyone would and slaps the mosquito instinctively. Now the blood that the mosquito was carrying mingles with the person's blood and enters the fresh wound. All of this happens in the blink of an eye.
Is it possible in this (however unlikely) situation for person two to become infected with Hep. C via this method?
As a person who is infected with Hep. C, I worry about things like this, especially when I am in the vicinity of children. To carry this one step further, could the infected blood from the mosquito enter through the skin in any other way (if smeared on the surface)?
Response from Dr. Taylor
There is no evidence supporting spread of hep C in any of the ways you mention.
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