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The agent from which transfusion recipients during 2003-2004 were most at risk was HBV.
Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Transmission of HBV occurs through blood and body fluid exposure such as blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or saliva.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 78,000 persons in the United States were infected with HBV in 2001.
People of all ages get hepatitis B, and about 5,000 die per year of sickness caused by HBV.