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Document ID (ISN)36864
CIS number 82-186
ISSN - Serial title 0003-9896 - Archives of Environmental Health
Year 1981
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Skinh°j P., Hollinger F.B., Hovind-Hougen K., Lous P.
Title Infectious liver diseases in three groups of Copenhagen workers: Correlation of hepatitis A infection to sewage exposure
Bibliographic information May-June 1981, Vol.36, No.3, p.139-143. 20 ref.
Abstract 3 groups of municipal workers, matched for age and duration of employment, and consisting of 77 sewer workers, 81 gardeners and 79 clerks were studied for clinical and serological evidence of infection with viral hepatitis types A and B and pathogenic leptospires. Antibody against hepatitis A virus (anti-HAV) was found in 80.5% sewer workers compared with 60.5% gardeners and 48.1% clerks. The anti-HAV prevalence rates correlated with age rather than duration of employment. In 11 reported cases of jaundice only 3 occurred amongst sewer workers. Hepatitis B serological markers were similar in each group. Exposure to metropolitan sewage appears to impose a limited risk of hepatitis A infection while the hepatitis B virus is not successfully transmitted by this route.
Descriptors (primary) infectious hepatitis; work in sewers; immunology; sewage
Descriptors (secondary) viruses; serological reactions; leptospirosis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Confined spaces
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)