Assisted-Living Hepatitis B Outbreak Linked to Blood Glucose Monitoring
May 24, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Four residents at a Virginia assisted-living facility were infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) after being exposed via blood glucose monitors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in the May 17, 2013, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The facility, which was scheduled to close on July 31, 2012, reported the outbreak to the state health department in late June 2012, prompting rapid testing and investigation before residents were transferred. Four of the 55 residents who were tested showed signs of HBV infection and had no risk factors except for their use of assisted monitoring of blood glucose.