Hepatitis C outbreaks in dialysis clinics

Recent outbreaks in the U.S. have prompted CDC health warning

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These news are almost unbelievable in this day and age, but there have been a number of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) outbreaks in 2014 and 2015 in hemodialysis clinics in eight U.S. states, such as this one in Tennessee. The number of patients affected, 36, is not large, but the trend is worrying. The CDC has issued a health warning reminding clinics to routinely screen patients for HCV, report positive cases and follow standard practices to prevent infection.

Can't let the guard down when dealing with bodily fluids, please! Let's prevent what we can easily prevent; life is hard enough dealing with what we cannot control.

Nonia Pariente

Chief Editor, Nature Microbiology

I come from a mid-sized city on the northwestern coast of Spain. My interest in science initially took me to Madrid, where I finished university and received a PhD in molecular biology. In Madrid, I studied RNA virus evolution and new antiviral strategies with Esteban Domingo. I then moved to UCLA, where I focused on developing lentiviral vectors for gene therapy in Irvin Chen’s laboratory. In 2007, I made the plunge from bench to desk and joined the EMBO Reports editorial team as Reviews Editor, becoming Scientific Editor two years later and Senior Editor in 2012. At EMBO Reports, I was responsible for microbiology and immunology, among other areas, and spent many years expanding my understanding and love for all things microbial. In the summer of 2015, I joined the Nature Microbiology editorial launch team, handling all things related to virology and mycology (and for a brief while parasitology) and -after a couple of stints covering microbiology at Nature- I became the Chief Editor of Nature Microbiology in 2019. I look forward to interacting with the community and providing a venue to publish the most important advances in the field.