Medical Practice

Decrease in the Incidence of Hepatitis in Dialysis Units associated with Prevention Programme

Br Med J 1974; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5947.751 (Published 28 December 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;4:751
  1. Public Health Laboratory Service Survey

    Abstract

    A prospective survey of hepatitis in more than two-thirds of the dialysis units in the United Kingdom since January 1968 shows that after a prevention and control programme was started in 1970 the rising incidence of hepatitis B was halted. The programme has continued, with a sustained decline in the incidence among patients from 4·9% in 1970 to 1·4% in 1972 and among staff from 1·3% in 1970 to 0·4% in 1972.

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