delta agent

hepatitis D virus

a small "defective" RNA virus, similar to viroids and virusoids, that requires the presence of hepatitis B virus for replication. The clinical course is variable but is usually more severe than other hepatitides.

delta agent

a defective viral agent that occurs only in association with hepatitis B infection. It causes chronic hepatitis and progressive liver damage. The delta agent is able to induce infection only when it is a coinfection present along with hepatitis B. It occurs in 5% of people with hepatitis; it infects about 15 million people worldwide.

hep·a·ti·tis D vi·rus

, hepatitis delta virus (HDV) (hep'ă-tī-tis vī'rŭs, del'tă)
A small "defective" RNA virus that requires the presence of hepatitis B virus for replication. The clinical course is variable but is usually more severe than other hepatitides.
Synonym(s): delta agent.
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It is an infection of the liver caused by a defective virus delta agent which can cause infection only in those individuals who have an active hepatitis B infection or who are a Hepatitis B carrier.
Unfortunately, she forgot to give me a transfer voucher, and the Delta agent said that while my ticket is confirmed, he can't issue a ticket without endorsement from Lufthansa.
The line is just ridiculous,'' said Delta agent Shari Mrkonjic.
It sometimes coexists with the hepatitis B virus as a viruslike particle known as the Delta agent.
The ability to culture hepatitis B virus is also expected to speed research on the delta agent.
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The airline said that domestic customers not checking bags can continue to check in with a Delta agent or via a self-service kiosk 30 minutes prior to departure.
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Delta Private Jets Card members making connections between private and commercial flights at those airports will be greeted at the private plane by a driver, ride in the Porsche to the main terminal, and be escorted and expedited through security by Delta agents to the connecting flight.
Visitors can check in to a Delta flight, receive travel services from Delta agents or simply relax in a dedicated lounge.
We played the Sugar Plum card, telling the Delta agents that we needed to perform that evening," he says, "and they did everything they could to get us there.