Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 exposures following blood-borne virus incidents in Central Australia, 2002-2012

S. Hewagama, S. Krishnaswamy, L. King, J. Davis, R. Baird

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We retrospectively audited hospital occupational exposure events over a 10-year period, in a human T-cell lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-endemic area of Central Australia, and report on 53 individuals exposed to HTLV-1 with no transmissions documented (95% confidence interval, 0%-1.5%). This has important implications for the management of exposures including the role of postexposure prophylaxis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-87
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014


  • HTLV-1
  • needlestick
  • occupational exposure

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