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HBV infection after the first vaccine dose
Mar 7, 2002

To Dr Michael

My maid was posted for an emergency surgery for a mastectomy and a spot test was done for HepB and the result was negative. But the ELISA test done later with the same blood came back as positive.

Two years ago she had been given a single dose of the hepB vaccine. She was unable to take the other two doses. My whole family has been vaccinated with a booster.

Are there any precautions we should take?? Is she allowed to cook food?? Can she lead a normal life?? Will it affect her cancer?? Does the ELISA positive test have anything to do with the first dose of the vaccine??

Our lives have been turned upside down. Please let us know what we can do.


Response from Dr. Fried

From your description, it is not clear which hep B test you are talking about. Even if she were a carrier of HBV, this virus is transmitted primarily through blood and sexual contact. There would be no risk to your family, especially since they all have received the HBV vaccine. No other precautions are necessary.

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