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Kelly, Michael G and Fielding, JF and Arthurs, Yvonne (1982) Epidemic hepatitis B with delta-antigenaemia among Dublin drug-abusers. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 151 , (11) , pp. 334-338.

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This paper examines the unusual finding of delta antigen in the serum of a significant number of drug users in Dublin during 1981. The study followed a significant increase in hepatitis B among drug-users in that year. One hundred and fifty-eight cases of hepatitis B were detected among drug users in Dublin between January and August 1981 during an epidemic which began in 1980. The mean age was 21 years and males and females were equally susceptible to hepatitis B. An unusually high proportion (29%) of a sample of 50 tested had the hepatitis B associated delta antigen in their serum and confirms that the delta agent is probably common in those taking drugs intravenously.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Opioid
Date
November 1982
Season/Number
11
Page Range
pp. 334-338
Publisher
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
Volume
151
Number
11
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