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December 23, 1968


JAMA. 1968;206(13):2831-2844. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150130007003

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In Hospital Outbreak Because testing was started quickly when hepatitis swept the chronic hemodialysis unit of a Philadelphia hospital, investigators have found:

Antigen, Enzyme Tests Find Hepatitis 

  • Further strong evidence linking the so-called Australia antigen (Au) with hepatitis.

  • Disturbing, although not new, proof that γ-globulin prophylaxis does not always protect hospital workers from hepatitis infections.

The test for Au should be coupled with determinations of serum bilirubin levels to monitor hepatitis in all hemodialysis units, one investigator said.Work is continuing on the Au test as a screening mechanism for blood donors, said W. Thomas London, MD, of the Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia. He spoke in Boston at the Eastern Section of the Federation for Clinical Research meeting.A refrigerator apparently was the starting point of the hepatitis outbreak in the hemodialysis unit of the Jefferson Medical College Hospital, Philadelphia. Stored there in September 1967, were food