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HBV infection after the first vaccine dose
Apr 28, 2002

To Dr Douglas

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 few days later 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. Dieterich

Hepatitis B is transmitted by blood and sex. Don't have much to worry about from food. Hope she recovers nicely from the cancer. Good luck to her and your family! DTD

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Receiving treatment in China

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