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Document ID (ISN)43719
CIS number 85-852
ISSN - Serial title 0300-5771 - International Journal of Epidemiology
Year 1984
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Venkitaraman A.R., John T.J.
Title The epidemiology of varicella in staff and students of a hospital in the tropics
Bibliographic information Dec. 1984, Vol.13, No.4, p.502-505. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract A 5-year epidemiological survey of the incidence of varicella (chickenpox) among staff and students (2874 persons in all) of a hospital in India revealed an annual rate of 0.72 cases per 100. The incidence was highest among 17-24 year old student nurses (3.22 cases per 100 per year). Most cases occurred during the cooler and more humid parts of the year. Complement-fixing antibodies to varicella-zoster virus were found in only 44 of 102 serum samples taken from student nurses, showing a much lower level of immunity to varicella than in the USA. A programme of preventive immunisation among hospital workers is recommended.
Descriptors (primary) tropical climate; hospitals; chickenpox
Descriptors (secondary) India; infectious diseases; immunization; immunity; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Natural phenomena
Bacterial and parasitic diseases