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Document ID (ISN)47488
CIS number 87-345
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 1986
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Maruna H., Westphal G.
Title Epidemiology and risk calculation of hepatitis-B as an occupational disease in the Austrian health service
Bibliographic information 1986, Vol.57, No.4, p.259-265. Illus. 13 ref.
Abstract The absolute number of occupation-related cases of hepatitis B increased fourfold over the last 2 decades, while at the same time the number of health service employees only doubled. In comparison with the Austrian population, the hepatitis risk is about 11 times higher for the health service employees. Laboratory personnel, medical doctors and support service personnel are especially exposed. The relative risks according to age, sex and type of occupation were also investigated, and a comparison was made with the findings of other investigations in the literature. First results are reported for the screening of health service employees for immunity against HB-antigens. The prophylaxis against hepatitis that was begun in Austria in 1983 is the first extensive vaccination programme against this liver disease.
Descriptors (primary) Austria; infectious hepatitis; hospitals; health services; hepatitis
Descriptors (secondary) morbidity; virus diseases; age; vaccination; immunity; sex-linked differences; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)