Potential Transmission of Viral Hepatitis Through Use of Stored Blood Vessels as Conduits in Organ Transplantation -- Pennsylvania, 2009

Humar, A.; Lando, J.; Dato, V.; Holmberg, S.; Bower, W. A.; Kuehnert, M. J.; Rao, A. K.
February 2011
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;2/18/2011, Vol. 60 Issue 6, p172
The article discusses the investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the possible cases of transmission of viral hepatitis via stored blood vessels as conduits in organ transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in December 2009. The probe was triggered by two cases of possible hepatitis virus transmission from vessel conduits. The CDC has recommended the discontinuity of the practice of storing vessel from donors with markers for viral hepatitis.


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