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newborn and hep c
Nov 25, 2006

what is/ are the preventive measures to use on a newborn born to a hep c positive mother

Response from Dr. McGovern

Hepatitis C is only transmitted about 5 percent of the time to the newborn. This is very different than hepatitis B which is transmitted about 90 percent of the time.

Hepatitis C antibody is measured in the newborn at about 18 months. If it is transmitted, the child can be treated and usually children tolerate the medication very well and their response rates are good.

Breastfeeding is not a risk for transmission.



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