Hepatitis Delta Virus

  • Author: Mario Rizzetto, MD (More Info)
  • Editor In Chief: Stefan Zeuzem, MD
  • Last Reviewed: 6/1/18 (What's New)

Summary

  • Primary care physicians should be aware of the potential for HDV infection in patients with HBV infection as well as risk factors and prevention strategies for HDV infection
  • Vaccination against HBV is effective prophylaxis against HDV in HBV/HDV-uninfected individuals
  • Carriers of HBsAg should be informed of the risk of superinfection from carriers coinfected with HDV and educated about preventive practices, which are the same as those enforced to prevent the transmission of HBV

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