Delta Hepatitis (hepatitis D) 2003

Delta hepatitis is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV). HDV is a defective virus that requires the helper function of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) to replicate. People may become infected with HDV at the same time they acquire HBV (co-infection), or people may acquire the virus after infection with HBV (superinfection). The modes of transmission are similar to those for HBV. HDV is transmitted by percutaneous exposure or sexually through contact with infected blood. Most cases are acquired by exposure to contaminated needles.

There were no reported cases of delta hepatitis in Indiana during the five-year period 1999-2003.

You can learn more about hepatitis D by visiting the following Web site:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/d/index.htm.