INFECTION CONTROL--HEPATITIS IN DENTISTRY
Porter, S.; Scully, C.; Samarayake, L "Viral Hepatitis
Current Concepts for Dental Practice." OraI Surgery Oral Medicine
Oral Pathology, December 1994;78(6):682-695.
According to the authors' abstract of an article published in
Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology, "The transmission of
blood-borne viruses in the dental office is a potential hazard to
patients and dental staff, particularly to oral and maxillofacial
surgeons. Hepatitis B virus has been a recognized hazard for
several years, and in the past oral surgeons and other dental
health care staff have been infected as a result of occupational
exposure. Hepatitis C virus in contrast does not appear to be a
major occupational hazard to dental staff, nevertheless, infection
with this virus can lead to significant morbidity and may have oral
manifestations. Hepatitis D virus can be nosocomally transmitted,
but vaccination against the hepatitis B virus minimizes this
problem. Hepatitis E virus is not of clinical relevance to
dentistry, although dental staff who are in areas of endemic
infection can become infected as a result of enteric transmission.
A number of other putative viral agents may also cause hepatitis,
but additional data is awaited, and their significance to dental
practice is unknown. This article summarizes current data on
hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D, and E."
The corresponding author for this study is: S Porter, Eastman
Dent lnst Oral Healthcare Sci, Joint Dept Oral Med, 256 Grays Inn
Rd, London WC1 X8LD, England. For subscription information for this
journal contact the publisher: Mosby-Year Book Inc, 11830 Westline
Industrial Dr, St Louis, MO 63146-3318.
Blood Weekly, 02-13-1995, pp 23.
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