• Infectious agents update: Hepatitis C and Zika virus

    12 July 2017 12:30pm - 01:30pm - Australia/Sydney

    Hepatitis C is transmissible by transfusion. The Blood Service has tested all donated blood and blood product for hepatitis C virus RNA and antibodies since 1990. Another viral infectious disease, Zika virus, made international news headlines in 2016 due to its largest ever documented outbreak in several countries. Zika virus has also been shown to be transmissible by transfusion. Evidence that Zika is occasionally responsible for severe outcomes including birth defects and Guillain-Barré Syndrome is now compelling. This session provides an overview of Hepatitis C and Zika virus, their transmission, management and related concerns about safety of blood transfusion.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Improve understanding of Hepatitis C and Zika virus.                      
    • Explore the threat of Hepatitis C and Zika virus to blood supply safety.                   
    • Discuss the clinical management of Hepatitis C and Zika virus.    



    Presentation: Infectious agents update: Hepatitis C and Zika virus.
    Presenter:
    Dr George Kotsiou, National Donor and Product Safety Specialist.

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