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Delta agent infection in Melbourne.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of medical virology
Publication Date
Volume
13
Issue
4
Pages
339–345
Identifiers
PMID: 6736942
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Evidence of infection with delta agent was sought in 284 patients with acute hepatitis B referred to Fairfield Hospital, Melbourne, between July 1, 1981, and June 30, 1982 and in 127 hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) carriers. Acute and convalescent serum samples from the patients with acute hepatitis B and single or multiple sera from the HBsAg carriers were tested for delta antigen (delta ag) and/or antibody (anti-delta) by solid-phase radioimmunoassay (SPRIA). Evidence of infection was detected in 14.4% of patients with acute hepatitis B and 7.1% of chronic HBsAg carriers. Eighty-eight percent of those in whom delta agent infection was demonstrated were intravenous drug users.

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