Survey of perinatal hepatitis B virus transmission after Korean National Prevention Program in a tertiary hospital

Jae Hoon Kim, Ju Seung Kim, Jong Joon Lee, Jung Ho Kim, Suk Young Kim, Young Kul Jung, Oh Sang Kwon, Yun Soo Kim, Duck Joo Choi, Ju Hyun Kim

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Background/Aims: The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in South Korea have been organizing hepatitis B virus (HBV) vertical infection prevention projects since July 2002. In this single-institute study, the results of surveys conducted in target mothers who delivered babies in a tertiary hospital were investigated and analyzed. Methods: Of the 9,281 mothers and their 9,824 neonates born between July 2002 and December 2012, 308 hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive mothers and their 319 neonates were selected for this study, and their records were analyzed retrospectively. Results: A total of 308 mothers were HBsAg-positive, with an HBV prevalence of 3.32% (308/9,281). There were 319 neonates born to these HBsAg-positive mothers, and 252 were confirmed to as either HBsAg-positive or -negative. Four were confirmed as HBsAg-positive, with a 1.59% (4/252) HBV vertical infection rate. All the mothers of neonates who had an HBV vertical infection were hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg)-positive. Among the HBsAg-positive neonates, three were HBeAg-positive and had an HBV DNA titer of 1.0 × 108 copies/mL. Conclusions: The HBV prevalence of mothers was 3.32% (308/9,281), and their vertical infection rate was 1.59% (4/252). Thus, the South Korean HBV vertical infection prevention projects are effective, and, accordingly, HBV prevalence in South Korea is expected to decrease continuously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-314
Number of pages8
JournalKorean Journal of Internal Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May
Externally publishedYes


  • Hepatitis B
  • Korea
  • Vaccination
  • Vertical infection transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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