Israeli minister orders hepatitis B vaccine for survivors of suicide bomb attacks

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 25 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:417
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    All survivors of Palestinian suicide bomb attacks in Israel will from now be vaccinated against hepatitis B, the health ministry decided last week.

    The policy was set after the ministry's infectious disease laboratory found that two of the recent suicide bombers were carriers of hepatitis B and that a passer by who was wounded in the blast had a fragment of a bomber's bone in his body.

    Dr Paul Slater, the ministry's chief epidemiologist, said no case of …

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