A renal transplant patient was infected by a transfusion of blood from a chronic carrier of hepatitis B and he also became a symptomless carrier. Stored sera enabled detailed retrospective measurement of the rate of decline of passively transferred HBsAg, anti-HBc, and anti-HBe. Active HBsAg production was detected after two months and anti-HBc after six months; neither HBe nor anti-HBe was actively produced although there were many 42 nm HBV particles in the patient's serum.
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