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The correlation between transmission of e-antigen (e-Ag) and hepatitis B antigen (HBsAg) was investigated in primary and secondary cases of type B hepatitis occurring in 15 families. The e-Ag was not consistently transmitted in the familial environment, as were the d and y subtypes of HBsAg, but occurred in erratic fashion among genetically and epidemiologically related cases. It is concluded that e-Ag is probably the non-transmissible product of a specific individual response to hepatitis B infection.