Hepatitis D

Statutory notification

Public health management

Important information

  • Infectious agent: Hepatitis D virus.
  • Transmission: Hepatitis D is usually passed on through direct contact with infected blood and blood products. Sexual transmission may also occur.
  • Incubation period: Approximately 2 to 8 weeks.
  • Infectious period: From weeks before to months after onset. Long-term carriers may be infectious for life.
  • Case exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Contact exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Treatment: As recommended by the Guidelines for Managing Sexually Transmitted Infections - WA.
  • Immunisation: Vaccination against hepatitis B prevents hepatitis D infection. Recommended that children be vaccinated for hepatitis B according to the Western Australian immunisation schedule. Hepatitis B vaccination also recommended for household contacts of people with chronic hepatitis B, occupational and other high-risk groups according to the Guidelines for Managing Sexually Transmitted Infections - WA.
  • Case follow-up: Is the responsibility of health care providers.


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