New Research Shows Increased Hepatitis B Risk in Glucose Meters, as Reported by DiabeticLive.com

October 26, 2011

CDC reports poorly-cleaned blood glucose testing supplies are a major cause of hepatitis B infection in diabetics, as reported by DiabeticLive.com.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) October 26, 2011

If you have diabetes, you should clean your glucose meter often to prevent diseases. An analysis conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that patients with diabetes are at a significantly increased risk of infection by the hepatitis B virusâ”infection is about two times more likely in diabetics than in non-diabetics. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices heard suggestions on October 25 that hepatitis B vaccinations should be encouraged for patients with diabetes in addition to other methods of preventing disease transmission.

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In a poster presented to a meeting of the CDC Advisor Committee, Meredith L. Reilly, an epidemiologist at the CDC, stated that poorly-cleaned blood glucose testing supplies are a major cause of hepatitis B infection in diabetics.

Dr. Trudy V. Murphy presented the suggestion that hepatitis B vaccinations should be encouraged for diabetics to the CDC Advisory Committee. According to Dr. Murphy, who is head of the vaccine unit at the Division of Viral Hepatitis of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, hepatitis B outbreaks have been common among diabetics for years.

“Over the past several years, weâve observed outbreaks of hepatitis B among patients with diabetes in places where they undergo assisted blood glucose monitoring, with more than one person using the monitor,” said Dr. Murphy. Of 28 hepatitis B outbreaks occurring at long-term care facilities, 24 were transmitted through some aspect of the blood glucose testing process, usually through equipment.

Dr. Murphy recommended vaccinations for both variations of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. She stated that vaccinations would offer an “additional measure to ensure protection” along with the increased focus on using clean equipment and refraining from re-using lancets and needles among different patients that the CDC will enforce.

Frequent blood work and testing places diabetics at an increased risk of being infected with blood-borne pathogens. Hepatitis B presents an especially high risk to diabetics since it remains highly infectious for extended periods of time and a single invisible drop of blood can contain enough of the virus to infect an individual. Blood glucose monitoring equipment is difficult to clean thoroughly without causing damage to the equipment.

The CDC analyzed 865 cases of hepatitis B reported in 2009 and 2010 across 8 sites in the Emerging Infections Program. Individuals aged 23-59 who had diabetes showed a 2.1-fold increase in risk of contracting hepatitis B compared to non-diabetic individuals. Diabetics 22 and younger demonstrated a 1.9-fold increase in hepatitis B risk, while diabetics over 60 were 50 percent more likely to contract the disease.


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