Published in Hepatitis Weekly, May 10th, 1999
Perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus is the infection of infants at birth by mothers who are positive for hepatitis B surface antigen. Around 85 percent of babies born to mothers who are also positive for hepatitis B e antigen become infected.
"Immunoprophylaxis initiated shortly after birth - that is, after exposure to the virus - can prevent perinatal transmission," Diane E. Wallis and colleagues wrote ("Immunization of Infants at Risk of Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B: ...
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