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September 1985

Hepatitis B Virus in a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Course: Risk of Transmission From a Surface Antigen-Positive Participant

Author Affiliations

From the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn (Dr Glaser), and the Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (Dr Nadler). Dr Glaser is now with the Department of Medicine, Staten Island (NY) Hospital.

Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(9):1653-1655. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360090125019

• A group exposure to cardiopulmonary resuscitation training manikins contaminated by saliva from a participant during the immediate presymptomatic infectious stage of "e" antigen—positive hepatitis B recently occurred. None of the 18 susceptible participants developed serologic or clinical evidence of new hepatitis B infection during the six-month postexposure observation period. The risk of transmission in this setting appears to be low. Postexposure prophylaxis does not appear indicated.

(Arch Intern Med 1985;145:1653-1655)