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Implications of Postvaccination Hepatitis B Surface Antigenemia in the Management of Exposures to Body Fluids

Ana Martín‐Ancel , MD, María Luisa Casas , MD and Bartolomé Bonet , MD, PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 25, No. 7 (July 2004), pp. 611-613
DOI: 10.1086/502449
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/502449
Page Count: 7
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Implications of Postvaccination Hepatitis B Surface Antigenemia in the Management of Exposures to Body Fluids
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Abstract

ABSTRACT A neonate vaccinated against HBV was the source of an occupational exposure to blood. She was tested for hepatitis B surface antigen and found to be positive, leading to unnecessary treatment, retesting, and concern. Evaluation of the infectious status of HBV should rely on other means if vaccination has recently occurred.

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