Louisiana Perinatal Hepatitis B Program
Prevention and Surveillance
The purpose of the Louisiana Perinatal Hepatitis B Program is to diminish the spread of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) from mother-to-child transmission in the State of Louisiana. Having started in 1990, the program has been successful in reducing HBV in adults and children by using a multifaceted approach that includes immunization, post-exposure prophylaxis, and follow-up on all reported positive cases.
Hepatitis B Virus Statistics and Data
Perinatal screening and universal infant vaccination can prevent infection at all ages. Adolescent vaccination is an important supplementary intervention until vaccinated infants reach adolescence.
Louisiana Standard of Care
Reporting Requirements for Hepatitis B VirusAccording to the LAC 51:II.105 (Sanitary Code for the State of Louisiana), Hepatitis B Virus in pregnant women is a Class B Disease. This means that positive cases are required to be reported within 1 business day of receiving a positive lab report. Timely response is necessary because there is great potential for transmission to others.
These cases can be reported to the Louisiana Perinatal Hepatitis B Program either by phone: (504) 838-5300 or by faxing the Perinatal Hepatitis B Surveillance Form found here to (504) 838-5206.