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Implications of Postvaccination Hepatitis B Surface Antigenemia in the Management of Exposures to Body Fluids

  • Ana Martín-Ancel (a1), María Luisa Casas (a2) and Bartolomé Bonet (a1)


A neonate vaccinated against HBV was the source of an occupational exposure to blood. She was tested for hepatitis B surface antigen and found to be positive, leading to unnecessary treatment, retesting, and concern. Evaluation of the infectious status of HBV should rely on other means if vaccination has recently occurred.


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Pediatrics and Neonatology Unit, Fundación Hospital Alcorcón, Budapest 1. 28922 Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain


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