|Document ID (ISN)||74184|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
|Convention or series no.
||Arvanitidou M., Constantinidis T.C., Doutsos J., Mandraveli K., Katsouyannopoulos V.
||Occupational hepatitis B virus infection in sewage workers
||Sep.-Oct. 1998, Vol.89, No.5, p.437-444. 11 ref.
||In this cross-sectional study the employees of a Greek sewage company were tested for hepatitis B virus (HBV) markers - HBsAg, anti-HBs, and anti-HBc - to determine the prevalence of HBV infection, assess the risk of exposed sewage workers becoming infected, and to evaluate the necessity for appropriate vaccination. The overall prevalence of HBV markers was 43.9%, and 6.6% of the employees were HBsAg carriers. The prevalence of past and current infection was significantly associated with exposure to sewage, with age, and with educational level, but only exposure to sewage was independently associated with positivity for HBV infection. Workers exposed to sewage should therefore be considered for vaccination against hepatitis B. Topics: antibodies; cross-sectional study; determination in blood; exposure evaluation; exposure tests; immunization; infectious hepatitis; sanitation services; sewage; vaccination; work in sewers.
||infectious hepatitis; sewage; work in sewers; immunization; sanitation services
||antibodies; exposure evaluation; exposure tests; vaccination; determination in blood; cross-sectional study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Greece|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Water and sanitation services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases