Published in Hepatitis Weekly, May 11th, 1998
The case report found that emergence of neonatal fulminant hepatitis B appears to result from de novo infection of the child with the same hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and pre-S2-defective hepatitis B virus population as seen in the mother.
Researcher Martina Sterneck and colleagues found that neither the emergence of a particular mutant strain nor infection with highly replicating hepatitis B variants are necessary for the development of neonatal fulminant hepatitis B virus...
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