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A nurse admits a male client to a hospital with exacerbation of asthma. During the admission history, the nurse learns that the client has a history of chronic hepatitis C.

Which precautions should the nurse plan to implement based on the transmission of the hepatitis C virus?

Standard precautions are infection preventive practices that protect against infectious agents present in body fluids, including the blood. Hepatitis C is transmitted through body fluids, principally the blood.

Hepatitis C is not transmitted via the respiratory tract. Further precautions included in contact precautions are not necessary.