Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the elderly: an underestimated problem?

  title={Hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the elderly: an underestimated problem?},
  author={Maria Chiaramonte and Annarosa Floreani and Remo Naccarato},
  journal={Biomedicine & pharmacotherapy = Biomedecine & pharmacotherapie},
  volume={41 3},
Hepatitis B infection in the aged can be underestimated as the clinical and serological pictures can be rather peculiar in these subjects. Institutions for the elderly carry an increased risk of HBV spread as do many other closed communities. People from lower socioeconomic class and from countries with a high HBV prevalence are less susceptible to infection as they are already immunized by previous infections. However, epidemics have been described in homes for the aged, mostly from those for… CONTINUE READING