Hepatitis Serology

The Serology section provides testing for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, to aid in the identification of individuals who may be infected and may transmit the disease to others. Testing services are limited to select public health clients which are identified in the Manual of Health Laboratory Tests.

For additional information please call 785-296-1653.

Hepatitis A Virus infections occur as a result of poor sanitary habits, and many times include people who handle food. It is imperative to find those people who work in the foodservice industry who may pass on Hepatitis a Virus. Day care settings and unsanitary conditions among IV drug users are additional risk areas.

Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Virus infections are passed by contaminated body fluids (e.g., blood transfusion, IV drug use, and sexual transmission) from an infected person. Hepatitis B can pass from mother to infant during birth. Blood banks routinely test their blood supplies to ensure safe blood for transfusion. The KDHE laboratory focuses their resources on pre-natal infant care, as well as IV drug users and their sexual partners or other sexual transmission cases.