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Fulminant hepatitis B in an infant born to a hepatitis Be antibody positive, DNA negative carrier.
  1. J Vanclaire,
  2. C Cornu,
  3. E M Sokal
  1. Catholic University of Louvain, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium.


    A boy was born to a mother who was a chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) carrier. She was hepatitis Be (HBe) antibody positive and HBe antigen and HBV-DNA negative. The boy had not received hepatitis B vaccine and died from fulminant hepatitis at 3 months of age. This case demonstrates the need to vaccinate babies of HBe antibody positive, HBe antigen negative carriers.

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