The e antigen and vertical transmission of hepatitis B surface antigen.

@article{Beasley1977TheEA,
  title={The e antigen and vertical transmission of hepatitis B surface antigen.},
  author={R. Palmer Beasley and Christian Tr{\'e}po and Cladd E. Stevens and W Szmuness},
  journal={American journal of epidemiology},
  year={1977},
  volume={105 2},
  pages={94-8}
}
The relationship of e antigen (eAg) and its antibody (anti-e) to vertical transmission of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) from chronic asymptomatic HBsAg carrier women to their children was investigated in Taiwan. Sera from 20 of the 62 women studied were positive for eAg (32%); serum from only one woman was positive for anti-e (2%). A total of 85% of the babies born to eAg positive mothers became HBsAg carriers, while only 31% of the babies became carriers when the mother was eAg negative… CONTINUE READING

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