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The incidence of hepatitis B infection in Australia: an epidemiological review.

Kaldor JM, Plant AJ, Thompson SC, Longbottom H, Rowbottom J
National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in Australia remains a significant problem despite the availability of an inexpensive vaccine. National information about incidence, prevalence, morbidity and the extent of vaccine coverage is incomplete; improved surveillance would allow for better targeting and evaluation of prevention activities. Our estimates indicate that 75%-90% of cases of vertical transmission of HBV are preventable through vaccination of newborns whose mothers are carriers.


  • Journal: The Medical Journal of Australia
  • Published: 16/09/1996
  • Volume: 165
  • Issue: 6
  • Pagination: 322-326

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