Hepatitis B infected health care workers

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Tuesday 18th April 2000

This circular supplements previous guidance restricting the working practices of certain hepatitis B infected health care workers, and aims to reduce further risk of transmission of infection to patients. The circular recommends carrying out additional testing of hepatitis B infected health care workers who are e-antigen (HBeAg) negative and perform exposure prone procedures, and restricting the working practices of those with higher viral loads. As previous guidance on hepatitis B infected health care workers who are e-antigen positive still applies, testing for e-markers should still be carried out.

This circular supplements previous guidance restricting the working practices of certain hepatitis B infected health care workers, and aims to reduce further risk of transmission of infection to patients. The circular recommends carrying out additional testing of hepatitis B infected health care workers who are e-antigen (HBeAg) negative and perform exposure prone procedures, and restricting the working practices of those with higher viral loads. As previous guidance on hepatitis B infected health care workers who are e-antigen positive still applies, testing for e-markers should still be carried out.

Available at: http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/mels/HDL2000_03.html