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6/14/2013 10:32:00 AM
Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services Issue Letter to Health-Related Schools Regarding Hepatitis B Discrimination
The Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a joint letter PDF to the nation’s medical schools, dental schools, nursing schools, and other health-related schools regarding hepatitis B discrimination.

In the joint letter, PDF the departments express concern that some health-related schools may be making enrollment decisions based on an incorrect understanding of the hepatitis B virus, resulting in discrimination.

The letter updates schools on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the participation of students with hepatitis B in health-related schools. The letter also emphasizes the importance of CDC’s recommendations, especially as they relate to the schools’ obligation to comply with federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, color, and national origin.

The CDC has released updated recommendations for the management of hepatitis B virus-infected health-care providers and students, information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6103a1.htm.
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