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Word association: hepatitis, eh?

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 08 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:87
  1. Nick Edmunds, general practitioner
  1. Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire

    “Hello, it's Dr Riley here,” said the friendly public health consultant, asking for some background to our patient's diagnosis of hepatitis A. The health board's press office had sought Dr Riley's advice, having been contacted by the local authority, fortunately before it wrote to the parents of every child at a primary school in a nearby affluent area because of Mrs McB's illness. She was a teacher. Closure of the school seemed a little excessive to Dr Riley and to me.

    The notes read, “Tel: hepatitis. C.14,” dated two days …

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