Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C infection is on the rise. Travel-associated risks include exposure to blood that has not been screened, sexual transmission, tattooing and occupational exposures of volunteer health care workers or missionaries to blood products or contaminated needles used for administration of medications or intravenous drug use. There is no evidence that pregnancy alters the natural history of hepatitis C or that it interferes with normal pregnancy, unless the woman already has cirrhosis and its associated complications (Reinus and Leikin, 1999). Vertical transmission is uncommon. Pregnant travelers should be advised of at-risk behaviors to decrease risk of infection. Immune globulin is not thought to be effective postexposure.

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