Hepatitis B virus carrier state in black children in Ovamboland: role of perinatal and horizontal infection.

@article{Botha1984HepatitisBV,
  title={Hepatitis B virus carrier state in black children in Ovamboland: role of perinatal and horizontal infection.},
  author={Jean Frederick Botha and M J Ritchie and Geoffrey Dusheiko and H W Mouton and Michael Charles Kew},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={1984},
  volume={1 8388},
  pages={1210-2}
}
Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) was detected in 17% of adult males and 11% of mothers in Ovamboland , South West Africa/Namibia. Hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) was present in 15% of HBsAg-positive mothers. Only 1% of children less than 6 months of age were HBsAg-positive, compared with 13% of children over the age of 1 year. 27% of mothers who were HBsAg-positive had HBsAg-positive children, whereas the corresponding figure for mothers who were HBsAg-negative was 6%. 63% of mothers who were… CONTINUE READING

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