HBV is caused by an antigenically complex deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) virus, which is transmitted mainly percutaneously or sexually in Western countries but primarily by the perinatal route in the Far East and in Africa (Fig. 23-2). The intact virion of HBV, known as the Dane particle, is composed of double-stranded DNA that contains the core antigen (HBcAg). The “e” antigen (HBeAg) is.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Mucocutaneous Manifestations of Viral Diseases|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
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