“Bloodborne pathogens” means pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), which causes hepatitis B, hepatitis C virus (HCV), which causes hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS, and other pathogens, such as those that cause malaria.
Approximately 5.6 million workers in healthcare and other facilities are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as HBV, HCV, and HIV. Bloodborne pathogen exposure may occur in many ways, but needlestick injuries are the most common cause. Exposure may also occur through contact of contaminants with the nose, mouth, eyes, or skin.
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