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Promoting productive relationships between nephrologists and public health professionals

  • 1 Anitha Vijayan, MD, is affiliated with the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
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Imagine this scenario as a nephrologist.

Your patient with ESRD undergoing hemodialysis has newly diagnosed hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In addition to addressing the immediate medical issue, what is the next course of action? What are the reporting requirements for a new case of HCV infection? Are you required to report this case to state and federal public health agencies? How do you ensure your patient did not acquire the infection due to lapses in infection prevention and control measures at the dialysis facility?

This series of questions may not be at the forefront in the minds of nephrologists

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