Delta agent infection in melbourne

J. F. Hoy, B. G. Hansson, M. Dimitrakakis, I. Gust, C. R. Lucas

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Evidence of infection with delta agent was sought in 284 patients with acute hepatitis B referred to Fairfield Hospital, Melbourne, between July 1, 1981, and June 30, 1982 and in 127 hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) carriers. Acute and convalescent serum samples from the patients with acute hepatitis B and single or multiple sera from the HBsAg carriers were tested for delta antigen (δL ag) and/or antibody (anti‐δL) by solid‐phase radioimmunoassay (SPRIA). Evidence of infection was detected in 14.4% of patients with acute hepatitis B and 7.1% of chronic HBsAg carriers. Eighty‐eight percent of those in whom delta agent infection was demonstrated were intravenous drug users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-345
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1984


  • delta antigen/antibody
  • hepatitis B

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