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Document ID (ISN)106532
CIS number 07-721
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dounias G., Kypraiou E., Rachiotis G., Tsovili E., Kostopoulos S.
Title Prevalence of hepatitis B virus markers in municipal solid waste workers in Keratsini (Greece)
Bibliographic information Jan. 2005, Vol.55, No.1, p.60-63. 22 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; garbage collectors; infectious hepatitis
Descriptors (secondary) Greece; antibodies; immunization; age-linked differences; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGreece
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Waste collection and disposal
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)