Doctors Warn Of Hepatitis
Exposure In Blood In Sports
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The American Academy of Pediatrics told teachers and coaches on Monday they and students should be aware of the dangers of hepatitis from exposure to blood during and after sporting events.
The group, which issued a similar warning earlier on exposure in the same setting to the virus which causes AIDS, issued a revised policy statement recommending added precautions for hepatitis B and C.
It said anyone who might be exposed to athletes' blood should receive the hepatitis B vaccine.
Any athlete who starts bleeding during an event should be removed from competition as soon as possible and athletes should be taught not to share personal items such as razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers, it added.
The academy also said that athletic equipment and playing areas contaminated by blood should be cleaned with a bleach solution or other cleanser.
The policy statement, published in the December issue of the academy's journal ``Pediatrics,'' said that while transmission of hepatitis B infection in sports is rare, at least two cases have been reported.
One involved a high school-aged sumo wrestler who gave the infection to other members of his team, and another involved a group of Swedish athletes who were on an orienteering outing and used water contaminated with blood to clean wounds caused by branches and thorns.
It said less is known about how hepatitis C is spread but it is considered far easier to spread through contaminated blood than the AIDS virus is.


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