Hepatitis B virus infection and health care workers.

  title={Hepatitis B virus infection and health care workers.},
  author={Stephen C. Hadler},
  volume={8 Suppl},
          S24-8; discussion S41-3
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is the major occupational risk of health care workers, among whom HBV infection risk is 2 to 10-fold elevated above that of the general population. Risk is most clearly related to the degree of direct contact with human blood and body fluids, and to frequency of traumatic exposures in the workplace. Most exposures result from unsuspected asymptomatic HBV carriers, who represent 1 to 2% of hospitalized patients. Risk of HBV infection also varies with the… CONTINUE READING