New Pediatric Hepatitis C Guidelines


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New Pediatric Hepatitis C Guidelines;Fox News Online (03/03/98)

Abstract: Guidelines drafted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) state that infants born to mothers suspected of carrying the hepatitis C virus should be tested for the infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 1.8 percent of Americans carry HCV, including 0.3 percent under the age of 19. In the current issue of the journal Pediatrics, the AAP does not recommend routine screening of all pregnant women for the virus but says it should be standard for infants born to high-risk mothers. The AAP notes that breast-feeding by HCV-infected mothers remains safe and that children with the virus should not be excluded from child care centers due to the disease.

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