MATTHEW L. KAUFMAN, M.D.; KENNETH L. FAIVER, M.P.H.; JAY K. HARNESS, M.D.
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To the editor: It has been suggested that incarcerated persons are at considerable risk of contracting hepatitis B virus infection (1). If one were to assume that a large number of prisoners have acquired natural immunity to this disease from previous infection, a relatively low transmission rate may be expected among prisoners. Unfortunately there are no conclusive data on the extent of hepatitis B carriage, natural immunity, or rate of transmission among incarcerated persons in the United States.
Prisoners derive largely from lower socioeconomic groups, and include persons who have been drug abusers, are often tatooed (especially by amateurs), and
KAUFMAN ML, FAIVER KL, HARNESS JK. Hepatitis B Markers Among Michigan Prisoners. Ann Intern Med. ;98:558. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-4-558_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(4):558.
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