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More information needed on Hep B virus
Apr 11, 2002

To Dr Douglas

Thankyou for your prompt reply. Here is some more information regards my maid which i had written to you about yesterday. The ELISA test was done for the HBsAg and the result was positive..... where as the spot test (screening test) showed negative. She recieved only one of the three doses of the vaccine 2 years ago, which made her immunisation null and void. However our whole family took the complete immunisation course 2 years ago and yesterday we all took a booster shot. Is there any test in which we can find out when she could have contracted the Hep B virus as she could have passed it onto us before we were immunised???? Should we take the anti-HBs test to check for antibodies as she lives with us??? Is there any medication that she should take that can rid her of the virus as she will also be undergoing treatment for her recent cancer (mastectomy) ?? Will it take a toll on her liver?? I have read that 90 of Hep B cases are self limiting....will she be rid of the Hep B virus??? Thankyou and waiting for your reply.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

You can certainly test your family for protective antibodies and that would be reassurring. As for your maid, she or he should see a hepatologist, I do not have enough information about her hepatitis. Good luck! DTD

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