|Document ID (ISN)||100178|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Vandersmissen G., Moens G., Vranckx R., de Schryver A., Jacques P.
||Occupational risk of infection by varicella zoster virus in Belgian healthcare workers: A seroprevalence study
||Sep. 2000, Vol.57, No.9, p.621-626. Illus. 28 ref.
||02-1452.pdf [in English]
||The presence of varicella zoster virus (VZV, chickenpox) antibodies was investigated in health care personnel in Belgian hospitals. The prevalence of VZV seropositivity was 98.5%. Seronegative workers were significantly fewer among nursing than among non-nursing staff. Because of this low overall susceptibility, VZV infection seems not to be an important occupational risk among healthcare workers. A negative history of chickenpox had no value as a predictor of susceptibility in adults.
||serum; antibodies; frequency rates; hospitals; health care personnel; chickenpox
||Belgium; epidemiologic study; viruses
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Belgium|
|Broad subject area(s)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)