HARVEY J. ALTER, M.D.
The superbly conducted study of Snydman and colleagues in this issue (p. 573) is a model epidemiologic investigation. In a well-designed and systematic manner, these investigators have documented the bidirectional transmission of hepatitis B—from patient to hospital staff and from staff to patient. They have provided some of the best evidence to date that, under particular circumstances, the HBsAg-positive health worker may represent a hepatitis risk to his patient contacts.
These findings again raise the many complex issues that center on HBsAg-positive health workers, the hepatitis risk they represent, and the measures, if any, that must be taken in the
ALTER HJ. Hepatitis B and the Health Worker: Prospective Studies in Perspective. Ann Intern Med. ;85:671–672. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-5-671
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