RICHARD A. GOODMAN, M.D.; JERAL L. AHTONE, M.D.; ROBERT J. FINTON, M.S.P.H.
That hepatitis B in dental personnel and other health care workers is an occupational risk is well established. Increasing evidence indicates that transmission of hepatitis B also occurs from dentist to patient (1-3). Gerety (4) has forecast that hepatitis B vaccine would ultimately break this chain of transmission. While this optimistic note is welcome, there are an estimated 3000 dentists and auxiliary dental workers (3) who are persistent carriers of hepatitis B virus (HBV) for whom the vaccine may provide no benefit. This group of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) carriers continues to represent a risk to patients and a
GOODMAN RA, AHTONE JL, FINTON RJ. Hepatitis B Transmission from Dental Personnel to Patients: Unfinished Business. Ann Intern Med. ;96:119. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-1-119_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(1):119.
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