Clarification

December 07, 1990

A story in yesterday's Evening Sun said Johns Hopkins Hospital officials had made a legislative proposal that would require surgeons and other health care workers infected with human immunodeficiency virus to report themselves.

Such action would permit hospitals to decide what kind of work the health care workers should be allowed to do.

Hopkins has not introduced or proposed any such legislation, but officials have indicated that they would support proposals on this issue.

Dr. Hamilton Moses 3rd, Hopkins' vice president of medical affairs, told The Evening Sun that Hopkins would support and encourage legislation that would require surgeons and other health care workers infected with the AIDS virus to report their illness so that hospital officials would know how to assign them.

Yesterday, Joann Rodgers, director of media relations at Hopkins, said Hopkins is considering "a variety of options," in the wake of disclosures that Dr. Rudolph Almaraz, a 41-year old breast cancer surgeon at the hospital, died of AIDS. She said the options have not as yet been discussed formally at Hopkins and no decisions have been made.

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