Perinatal Hepatitis B Statistics
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provides case management to infants born to hepatitis B positive women. Of these infants, over 99 percent received treatment (consisting of vaccine and hepatitis B immune globulin) at birth.
Hepatitis B is transmitted very efficiently from an infected woman to her infant at birth. If infected, up to 90 percent of babies will develop chronic hepatitis B infection which can lead to liver damage, liver failure, liver cancer and even death. Treatment initiated within 12 hours after birth is up to 94 percent effective at preventing this serious infection. Prevention efforts depend upon maintaining high treatment rates.
|Year||Number of infants born to hepatitis B-positive women in MN||Number of infants identified as hepatitis B-positive during reporting year|
Annual Summary of hepatitis B disease in Minnesota, including perinatal hepatitis B. Archives available on the web from 1998-2015.