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Guidelines for viral hepatitis surveillance and case management
  • Published Date:
    January 2005
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Infectious Diseases (U.S.), Division of Viral Hepatitis. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ;
  • Description:
    Summary -- Background -- Hepatitis A -- Hepatitis B -- Hepatitis C -- Non-ABC hepatitis -- -- General Surveillance Guidelines -- Case ascertainment -- Case reporting -- Databases of persons chronically infected with HBV or HCV -- Monitoring the quality of surveillance data -- Data analysis and dissemination -- -- Disease-Specific Surveillance Guidelines -- Acute hepatitis A -- Acute hepatitis B -- Perinatal HBV infection -- Chronic HBV infection -- Acute hepatitis C -- Hepatitis C virus infection, (past or present) -- -- Other Surveillance Methods -- Serologic surveys -- Chronic liver disease surveillance

    "Surveillance for viral hepatitis is needed to direct and evaluate prevention and control activities. CDC recommends that all states and territories conduct surveillance for acute viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, and non-ABC hepatitis. In addition, states and territories should consider establishing computerized databases of persons who test positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) or antibody to hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) to facilitate the notification, counseling and management of persons with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. The purpose of this document is to 1) provide guidance to clinicians, state and local health departments, and other health agencies regarding case ascertainment, reporting, investigation, and follow-up of persons with acute viral hepatitis; and 2) provide a framework for the development of systems for identifying and following up persons who may have chronic HBV or HCV infections. These guidelines describe the essential elements and best practices for conducting surveillance for viral hepatitis, and were developed based on consultation with representatives from state and local health departments who met in Atlanta in January 1999." - p. 1

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