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|Title:||Horizontal or vertical transmission of hepatitis B virus? A serological survey in family members of hepatitis B carriers in Singapore|
|Authors:||Tan, C.C. |
|Citation:||Tan, C.C., Guan, R., Yap, I., Tay, H.H., Kang, J.Y. (1991-09). Horizontal or vertical transmission of hepatitis B virus? A serological survey in family members of hepatitis B carriers in Singapore. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 85 (5) : 656-659. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||Hepatitis B serology was performed on 270 family members of 78 hepatitis B carriers and hepatitis B e antigen status determined in those found to be HBsAg positive. The mean age of index patients was 38 years (range 3-74) and that of family members was 28 years (range 1-71). 67 family members (25%) were HBsAg positive. The proportions of family members positive for HBsAg and those negative for HBsAg but positive for anti-HBs and/or anti-HBc were 25% and 20% for children, 10% and 68% for spouses, 36% and 26% for siblings and 29% and 55% for parents. For children of index parents the proportions positive for HBsAg and those negative for HBsAg but positive for anti-HBs and/or anti-HBc were similar whether the index patient was the mother (24% and 24%) or the father (26% and 18%). Our results suggest that horizontal transmission is a significant mode of spread of hepatitis B within the family in Singapore. © 1991.|
|Source Title:||Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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