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Mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B infection

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 April 2001

Marie-Louise Newell
Affiliation:
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute of Child Health, London
Catherine Peckham
Affiliation:
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute of Child Health, London

Abstract

Most transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection occurs around the time of delivery through contact with contaminated vaginal secretions or blood. Hence, interventions to reduce vertical transmission of HBV depend on identification of the infected woman during pregnancy so that the newborn infant exposed to infection can be given immunoglobulin immediately after birth, and a course of immunization can be started.

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