Lack of Transmission of Non-A, Non-B Hepatitis

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To the Editor: In the January 10 issue, Perras et al. attempted to define the risk of acquiring non-A, non-B (NANB) viral hepatitis after direct contact with saliva from a patient with NANB viral hepatitis. The authors suggest that a lack of hepatitis-like illness or serum transaminase elevations in the exposed persons during the six-month period after exposure indicates that there is little risk of acquiring NANB hepatitis after such an exposure. However, 19 of the 23 persons in the NANB-hepatitis study received immune serum globulin (ISG) within two weeks after exposure. The efficacy of immune globulin prophylaxis in persons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Jun 12 1980


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