The aetiology of acute viral hepatitis in 172 patients admitted to an infectious diseases hospital in North London was: hepatitis A in 88 (51%), hepatitis B in 58 (34%), Epstein-Barr (EB) virus in four (2%) and non-A, non-B in 22 (13%). NANB hepatitis was a milder disease than that associated with the other viruses. It predominantly occurred in young men (77%). In half of the cases there was evidence of parenteral transmission. It was not transmitted by sexual contact.
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