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HCV question
Jul 2, 2001

Can hepatitis C live in raw sewage, conataing fecal matter, syringes, used feminine protection, etc? I am a sewer worker and would Like to know if this is probable?

Response from Ms. Breuer

As a sewer worker, your primary risk, as I understand it, would be hepatitis A, which is transmitted through contact with infected fecal material. I assume you have received (or been offered) the vaccine for A. The remaining hepatitis forms are transmitted primarily through direct sexual contact or blood to blood contact. Hepatitis C seems to be transmitted primarily through blood to blood contact. There's a lot I don't know about your job, so I recommend talking with someone at your local department of public health, or checking one of two really good websites:, or the website of the Hepatitis Foundation International.

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