General Virology and DNA Viruses
A hospital worker is found to have HbsAg & HbeAg. Which of the following best describes the worker?
|A||Is infective and has active hepatitis|
|B||Is infective but does not have active hepatitis|
|C||Is not infective|
|D||Is evincing a biologic false-positive test for hepatitis|
a. The e antigen is related to the hepatitis B virus and is associated with viral replication (Dane particle).
b. Possession of the e antigen suggests active disease and, thus, an increased risk of trans¬mission of hepatitis to others.
c. HBsAg and e antigen are components of hepatitis B only and are not shared by other hepatitis viruses.