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Document ID (ISN)100178
CIS number 02-1452
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Vandersmissen G., Moens G., Vranckx R., de Schryver A., Jacques P.
Title Occupational risk of infection by varicella zoster virus in Belgian healthcare workers: A seroprevalence study
Bibliographic information Sep. 2000, Vol.57, No.9, p.621-626. Illus. 28 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) serum; antibodies; frequency rates; hospitals; health care personnel; chickenpox
Descriptors (secondary) Belgium; epidemiologic study; viruses
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)