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CALIFORNIA: Correction-Editorial/Commentary; California-CDC Prevention News Update (9/13/2011)


None (10.07.11) - Friday, October 07, 2011

On Sept. 13, CDC Prevention News Update published excerpts from an opinion piece, "Thinking of Getting Inked? Get Risks First," which appeared in the Desert Sun newspaper on Sept. 8. The commentary included the following statement: "According to [CDC], you are more likely to get hepatitis C from your dentist than a proper tattoo artist." In response, the CDC Division of Oral Health has issued the following clarification: "Dentistry is a trusted profession in America. There have been no reports of patients being infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) during dental care - confirming that the risk is extremely low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidelines for standard practices to prevent infections in dental offices (1). These practices include hand washing; use of gloves, masks, and protective eyewear; instrument sterilization; and cleaning and decontamination of surfaces in the dental examining room. Consistent use of these standard practices protects patients and dental professionals. More information about the risks of hepatitis C infection is available at the CDC website" 1. CDC. Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. MMWR, December 19, 2003:52(RR-17).


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