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MMWR: Updated CDC Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis B Virus–Infected Health-Care Provi


These updated recommendations reaffirm the 1991 CDC recommendation that HBV infection alone should not disqualify infected persons from the practice or study of surgery, dentistry, medicine, or allied health fields. The previous recommendations have been updated to include the following changes: no prenotification of patients of a health-care provider's or student's HBV status; use of HBV DNA serum levels rather than hepatitis B e-antigen status to monitor infectivity; and, for those health-care professionals requiring oversight, specific suggestions for composition of expert review panels and threshold value of serum HBV DNA considered "safe" for practice (<1,000 IU/ml). 

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Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Toolkit

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Epidemiology, Immunization, Infectious Diseases


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