Transmission Of Hepatitis B?
Good morning doctor, I am IRT 30 years old and have 1 male aged 8 months. I tell the doctor’s chronology. I have a brother-in-law with kidney failure and at the time of examination I brought my baby to take care of the examination to enter the room for treatment. About 2 days we went back and forth to the hospital. Day 2 I was reprimanded by the hospital that the baby may not visit the hospital, plus when the blood test results came out it turned out that my brother-in-law + had hepatitis b. I want to ask whether hepatitis B can be transmitted through the air? Because I read on the internet that can be contagious if you have sex or have blood on a patient. Please enlighten me, doctor. thank you
Hello, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.
Hepatitis B, as the name suggests, is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. Responding to your statement, it is true that hepatitis B is generally not transmitted through air and social contact in general. But hepatitis B transmission occurs through:
Sexual intercourse, exposed to genital fluid
Use of syringes together
Accidental needle sticking (generally a risk to health workers)
Blood transfusion, this is very rare because the blood from the donor is done a complete examination before it can be given to others
Transmission from mother to fetus or during childbirth
Then related to the prohibition of taking the baby to the hospital in general is because the baby's immune system is still not perfect and is still in the developmental stage, so the hospital, as the name suggests is a sick place where there are so many germs that increase the risk of infection in infants and children.
Therefore, for the sake of your child's safety and health, it is better for your child not to be taken to the hospital, unless it is indeed necessary to have an examination on your own child.
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