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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Doc Infects Patients with Hepatitis B During Surgery

A doctor with hepatitis B who preformed joint replacement surgeries unknowingly passed the virus on to at least two of his patients, according to a new report.

The report, issued by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, said the surgeon first became aware that he had hepatitis B after he stuck himself with a needle, and underwent routine testing for blood-borne diseases. The surgeon had emigrated from a country that had a high prevalence of hepatitis B, and likely had had chronic hepatitis B for some time without showing symptoms, such as fever and nausea.

The report was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in October 2012, but the incident occurred in 2009.



  1. who has symthoms like fever and nausea for hbv..nobody of the chronic carriers and really a few of acute cases.that is a very bad comment because people may think hbv or hepatitis in general can have symthoms while it has none, only blood tests can show it

  2. Hello Lobba123.. I asked Christine M. Kukka our HBV Advocate Project Director to answer your question. Here is what she says:

    When children are infected, they rarely have symptoms. But an estimated 70% of adults who are infected have some kind of symptoms that can resemble flu (such as fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and nausea), or they may experience abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored stool and even jaundice (yellow color in the skin or eyes).

    On average, symptoms may appear anywhere between six weeks to six months after exposure to the virus, and can last a few weeks or a few months.
    Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/b/bfaq.htm