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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 140-143

Mother to child transmission of hepatitis B virus: A cause for concern


1 Department of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632004, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Child Health, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632004, Tamil Nadu, India

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P Abraham
Department of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632004, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: The study was supported by Intramural Research fund of the Department of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.150931

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Mother to child transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is an important public health issue. India introduced HBV vaccine in 10 states as part of its Universal Immunization Program (UIP). Here we show evidence of mother-to-child transmission of HBV in three families from Jharkhand and Bihar states where HBV vaccination is not yet included in the UIP. This report illustrates the need for active screening of HBV in pregnant women and implementation of HBV vaccine across all states in India to reduce the burden of disease.






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