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Which bloodborne pathogen poses the greatest occupational risk?

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Hepatitis B poses the greatest occupational risk of any blood-borne pathogen from which health care workers are at risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The chance of becoming infected with hepatitis B from a needle or sharps injury is between 6 and 30 percent.

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Hepatitis C is the second-most dangerous blood-borne pathogen faced by health care workers, says the CDC. The average risk of infection with hepatitis C after a needle injury or cut exposure to infected blood is 1.8 percent. HIV comes in third, with an estimated infection risk of 0.3 percent, or one in 300, following a puncture or cut exposure.

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