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Hepatitis B Virus

Hepatitis C Virus

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Hazardous drugs which have the potential to cause harm due to their genotoxicity, carcinogenicity, teratogenicity or their ability to cause fertility impairment. Hazardous drugs include antineoplastics, cytotoxic agents, biologic agents, antiviral agents and immunosuppressive agents. They require particularly safe handling.

Significant loss of blood primarily due to trauma or bursting of a blood vessel.

Acute inflammation of the liver which is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). An infection can occur through the direct contact with a contagious person or through contaminated drinking water or food.

An infectious acute or chronic liver inflammation which is caused by an infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). This disease can lead to a damage of the liver cells as well as to organ function impairment. An infection can occur through blood, saliva and body fluids.

A viral inflammatory disease of the skin. Most common forms of herpes are oral herpes and genital herpes (known simply as herpes).

A virus that causes the human immune system to fail, leading to life-threatening infections. Its most common transmission are body fluids e.g. unprotected sexual intercourse and contaminated needles.

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Describes the process of breaking a chemical bond by the addition of water molecules

A substance which is attracted to water or can be dissolved by water

A substance which is not attracted to water.

Excessively sensitive or an allergic response produced by the normal immune system.

Restricted blood circulation through an organ which can lead to malfunction or any other damage of concerned tissue

Abnormally low blood pressure i.e. for adults: systolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg.

A medical condition where the body's tissues are not provided with sufficient oxygen supply

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