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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring of the liver), and liver failure.  Although there is no cure for Hepatitis B, treatment and vaccines are available.

The Hepatitis B virus spreads through:

  • infected body fluids, such as blood, saliva, semen, vaginal fluids, tears and urine
  • a contaminated blood transfusion (uncommon in the United States)
  • shared contaminated needles or syringes for injecting drugs
  • sexual activity with an HBV-infected person
  • transmission from HBV-infected mothers to their newborn babies

 

To learn more about Hepatitis B, please go to these links:

   Louisiana Hepatitis B Public Information                     CDC-Hepatitis B Public Information
   Hepatitis B Questions and Answers                            CDC-Hepatitis B Fact Sheet

   Epidemiology Manual -Hepatitis B                                 CDC-Hepatitis B for Health Professionals
   Hepatitis B Summary                                                        
   Hepatitis B Podcasts

   Recommendations for Identification & Public Health Management of Persons with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus
   Infection
(MMWR)

   Louisiana's Perinatal Hepatitis B Program

   Annual Report - Hepatitis B - Louisiana

   Hepatitis Websites
   The Difference Between Hepatitis A, B and C

 

Primary Contact Information:

Hepatitis Coordinator: Dielda Robertson
Address:
1450 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Telephone: (504) 568-8289
Fax: (504) 568-8290
Email: dielda.robertson@la.gov