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Document ID (ISN)56838
CIS number 91-1723
ISSN - Serial title 0300-581X - Arbeitsmedizin - Sozialmedizin - Präventivmedizin
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chriske H.W., Abdo R., Richrath R., Braumann S.
Title Hepatitis B infection hazard among sewer and sewage plant workers
Original title Hepatitis-B-Infektionsgefährdung bei Kanal- und Klärwerksarbeitern [in German]
Bibliographic information Oct. 1990, Vol.25, No.10, p.475-477. 7 ref.
Abstract A higher number of persons (24) with hepatitis B virus infection was found among 93 sewer maintenance workers than among hospital personnel. Of 84 workers in sewage treatment plants 11 were found to be infected. The high infection rate among sewer maintenance workers is blamed on contact with infectious waste water and sewage sludge and on the high rate of hand injuries. It is recommended to duly inform this specific category of workers of the hazards they have to face and to offer them hepatitis B vaccination.
Descriptors (primary) infectious hepatitis; sewage; work in sewers; sewage treatment; sanitation services
Descriptors (secondary) dangerous work; biological hazards; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Water and sanitation services
Confined spaces
Bacterial and parasitic diseases