|Document ID (ISN)||106532|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Dounias G., Kypraiou E., Rachiotis G., Tsovili E., Kostopoulos S.
||Prevalence of hepatitis B virus markers in municipal solid waste workers in Keratsini (Greece)
||Jan. 2005, Vol.55, No.1, p.60-63. 22 ref.
||The objective of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) markers among municipal solid waste workers. Participants consisted of 166 workers in Keratsini, Greece. Evaluations included the prevalence of biological markers of HBV infection (HbsAg, anti-Hbc, anti-Hbs) and their association with exposure to waste and various socio-demographic factors. There was a significant difference in the prevalence of anti-Hbc positivity between exposed and non-exposed employees to waste. Older employees had a significantly higher prevalence of anti-Hbc positivity. Logistic regression analysis showed that the exposure to waste and age were independently associated with the anti-Hbc positivity. It is concluded that occupational exposure to waste is possibly associated with the acquisition of HBV infection. Immunization of these workers should be considered to reduce the risk of HBV infection.
||refuse collection; garbage collectors; infectious hepatitis
||Greece; antibodies; immunization; age-linked differences; exposure evaluation
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Greece|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
Waste collection and disposal
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)