Hepatitis B virus DNA in saliva from children with chronic hepatitis B infection: implications for saliva as a potential mode of horizontal transmission.

@article{Heiberg2010HepatitisBV,
  title={Hepatitis B virus DNA in saliva from children with chronic hepatitis B infection: implications for saliva as a potential mode of horizontal transmission.},
  author={Ida Louise Heiberg and Mette Hoegh and Steen Ladelund and Hubert G. M. Niesters and Birthe Hogh},
  journal={The Pediatric infectious disease journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={29 5},
  pages={465-7}
}
To explore the mechanism of horizontal transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) among children, we investigated the quantitative relationship between HBV in saliva and blood from 46 children with chronic hepatitis B. We found high levels of HBV DNA in saliva of HBeAg (+) children, suggesting saliva as a vehicle for horizontal transmission of HBV among children. 

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