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Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

HBV was originally called “serum hepatitis,” or “long-incubation hepatitis,” and has an incubation period of 60-90 days (range, 29-180 days). HBV is found in blood and body secretions. Infection was originally thought to be limited to parenteral inoculation (blood transfusion or injection with a contaminated needle). Although this is still the major source of infection, […]

Direct Methods of Bacterial Detection

Culture. This is the classic definitive method for detection and identification and will be discussed later in more detail. The major drawback is time; it usually takes 1 full day to grow the organism and then part or all of 1 day to identify it. It may take an additional day to isolate it before […]