A doctor with hepatitis B who preformed joint replacement surgeries
unknowingly passed the virus on to at least two of his patients,
according to a new report.
The report, issued by researchers at the University of Virginia Health System, said the surgeon first became aware that he had hepatitis B
after he stuck himself with a needle, and underwent routine testing for
blood-borne diseases. The surgeon had emigrated from a country that had
a high prevalence of hepatitis B, and likely had had chronic hepatitis B
for some time without showing symptoms, such as fever and nausea.
The report was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in October 2012, but the incident occurred in 2009.