Lack of perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus infection in Senegal, West Africa.

@article{Marinier1985LackOP,
  title={Lack of perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus infection in Senegal, West Africa.},
  author={Evelyne Marinier and V. Barrois and Bernard Larouz{\'e} and William T London and A Cofer and Lamine Diakhat{\'e} and Baruch S. Blumberg},
  journal={The Journal of pediatrics},
  year={1985},
  volume={106 5},
  pages={
          843-9
        }
}
Between 1977 and 1980, 1442 pregnant women in Thies, Senegal, were tested for serologic markers of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Of these, 9.8% were HBsAg(+), 59.9% were anti-HBs(+), and 15.6% had anti-HBc alone. Of 116 HBsAg(+) pregnant women, only 19.8% were HBeAg(+), a much lower proportion of infectious carriers than seen in Asian populations. Cord blood from 1353 babies was HBsAg(-), implying that the babies were not infected prior to birth. Four hundred sixty-two babies, including 88… CONTINUE READING