Silvia’s jetgun photos, quotes from HCVets Tricia Lupole and in an excellent article by Paul Harashim, Jet guns should be a recognized risk factor for hepatitis C, (Las Vegas Review Journal, 2/25/17) will be appreciated by NOD readers (Link). He writes from personal experience:
When I watch the federal government’s current public service messages on TV urging baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C, I can’t stop thinking about how my arm, and those of many men next to me, bled as we received jet gun vaccinations during our earliest days in the military.
Powerful air pressure from the jet gun forced a tiny stream of medication through our skin without a needle. Because the shot hurt, many of us flinched. Our skin broke, and as we started bleeding, the blood blew back on the jet gun.
The medic injected the next man without cleaning the gun. So it went when I was at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Hundreds of arms, a few bloody devices. Day after day, year after: Arm-to-arm-to-arm–Lax hygiene? Nope, no hygiene. Blood borne pathogens like HCV, had found a new transmission vehicle to spread into new human hosts exponentially.