Hepatitis B Transmission by Dentists

M. L. Levin, W. C. Maddrey, J. R. Wands, A. I. Mendeloff

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Two dentists sharing office facilities developed hepatitis B antigen (HB Ag)-positive hepatitis. One was severely ill with hepatitis progressing to postnecrotic cirrhosis. During convalescence, he became a carrier of HB Ag. Twelve patients, treated by this dentist on his resumption of practice, developed HB Ag-positive hepatitis over a four-month interval. None of the hepatitis patients had had blood transfusions, contact with other jaundiced persons, or illicit drug use. This outbreak suggests inapparent parenteral modes of hepatitis transmission by dental personnel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1139-1140
Number of pages2
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 27 1974

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