News: Police sergeant left with anxious wait after being bit by person with hepatitis B

News: Police sergeant left with anxious wait after being bit by person with hepatitis B

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

A police sergeant has told of his fear of waiting to discover if he had hepatitis B after being bit on the job.

Sgt Mike Templeman was on duty a few months ago when he was called to a job and detained a person.

However, during that process, the Response & Custody Sgt covering Lincoln, claims he was bitten.

His concerns grew when he learned the person had hepatitis B – an incurable condition can in some cases cause people to suffer serious live damage.

He was immediately tested, but after an anxious wait, the relieved policeman was delighted to share on his Twitter page that he has received the all clear.

 

He wrote: “After being bitten by a detainee who informed me they had Hep B and god knows what else a few months ago.

“I was informed yesterday that the blood results had come back clear. The relief is immense.”

Hundreds of people got in touch to offer their best wishes.

Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by a virus that’s spread through blood and body fluids.

It often does not cause any obvious symptoms in adults, and typically passes in a few months without treatment.

But in children, it often persists for years and may eventually cause serious liver damage.

Hepatitis B is less common in the UK than other parts of the world, but certain groups are at an increased risk.

This includes people originally from high-risk countries people who inject drugs, and people who have unprotected sex with multiple sexual partners.

A hepatitis B is available for people at high risk of the condition.

Treatment for hepatitis B depends on how long you have been infected for.

If you have been exposed to the virus in the past few days, emergency treatment can help stop you becoming infected.

If you have only had the infection for a few weeks or months (acute hepatitis B), you may only need treatment to relieve your symptoms while your body fights off the infection.

If you have had the infection for more than 6 months (chronic hepatitis B), you may be offered treatment with medicines that can keep the virus under control and reduce the risk of liver damage.

Chronic hepatitis B often requires long-term or lifelong treatment and regular monitoring to check for any further liver problems.

 

Craig Naylor wrote: “Glad to hear that, Mike. Hope you and your family are well.”

@HayleyB_92 posted: “Horrible you had to go through that – some people really are vermin.”

Paul Thomas commented: “The waiting must be terrible. Disgusting thing to like spitting.”

@Deputy_Hockey added: “Damn man, glad you were okay after. That’s brutal.”

Sgt Templeman thanked all who had offered their support.

He added: “Genuinely blown away by all the positive comments to this feed.

“Hard working police officers up and down the country face real dangers every day and it’s so important that we have the public’s support, arguably more than ever so thank you.”



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