Hepatitis B and injecting-drug use among American Indians--Montana, 1989-1990

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1992 Jan 10;41(1):13-4.


From November 1989 through March 1990, five cases of serologically confirmed acute hepatitis B (HB)* among American Indians from two Montana Indian reservations (combined population: 6300) were reported by Indian Health Service (IHS) clinic staff to the Billings IHS Area Office. In comparison, during 1986-1988, an average of six HB cases among American Indians were reported annually among persons residing both on reservations and statewide (1990 population of American Indians in Montana: 47,679). Four of the five persons with acute HB reported histories of injecting-drug use (IDU).

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Female
  • Hepatitis B / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Montana / epidemiology
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / ethnology*