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[IP] Blood borne pathogens.

The major "blood borne pathogens" of concern are HIV (the AIDS virus) and 
the various strains of hepatitis.  TB (tuberculosis) is NOT spread via 
blood, but by inhaling the bacteria, which may survive for years in 
dirt.  (That's an excellent reason to discourage the habit of 
spitting!)   There are some varieties of TB which are very resistant to 
treatment, but it's not considered an incurable disease in most cases.

BTW the CDC (US Center for Disease Control) does not consider blood glucose 
test strips hazardous material, since the amount of blood involved is very 
small, and the drop dries quickly on the strip.  Strips may safely be 
thrown in regular trash.  (Per personal communication with CDC staff, May 
2000)  Lancets, needles and other sharps should be disposed of in approved 


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