Sweat Might Carry Hepatits B In Contact Sports

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Sweat might be another way to pass on hepatitis B during contact sports, suggests research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The research team analyzed blood and sweat samples from 70 male Olympic wrestlers for evidence of hepatitis B infection. Over a third said they had had bleeding or weeping wounds during training and competition.

None of the wrestlers had active hepatitis infection, but the virus was found in the blood of nine (13 per cent).

Eight (11 per cent) also had particles of the virus present in their sweat, with levels of the virus found in the blood closely matching those found in the sweat.


Submitted by DMorgan on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 9:04pm.