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September 15, 1951

ARTIFICIAL TRANSMISSION OF VIRAL HEPATITIS AMONG INTRAVENOUS DIACETYLMORPHINE ADDICTS

Author Affiliations

New York

From the Medical Services of Beth David and Sydenham Hospitals.

JAMA. 1951;147(3):222-224. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670200014004
Abstract

During the past few years much attention has been focused on the epidemiology of virus hepatitis, especially the accidental transmission of the disease through parenteral infusions and inoculations. The infectiousness of even minute quantities of human blood or serum has been amply demonstrated.

The accidental dissemination of various infections among intravenous drug addicts is now a recognized fact. Of special interest are reports1 on the artificial transmission of malaria, tetanus, and bacterial and mycotic endocarditis. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no references in the literature to the spread of hepatitis or other viral infections among these patients. Recently we had an opportunity of studying three cases of hepatitis among intravenous drug addicts. It is the purpose of this paper to record these cases and to draw attention to this mode of spread of hepatitis and to this additional hazard of narcotic addiction.

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