|Document ID (ISN)||59162|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0030-0632 - Boletín de la Oficina Sanitaria Panamericana
|Convention or series no.
||Choc de Zanalda B., Manterola A.C., Díaz Lestrem M., Frider B., Zocchi G.A., Fainboim H., Clua G.I., Amor E.
||Prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) in Buenos Aires hospital personnel
||Prevalencia del anticuerpo contra el antígeno central del virus de la hepatitis B (anti-HBc) en personal hospitalario de Buenos Aires [in Spanish]|
||Jan. 1990, Vol.108, No.1, p.16-26. 34 ref.
||A group of 1,479 employees in various hospitals in Buenos Aires (Argentina) were tested for antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen, in order to identify those who should be vaccinated against this disease. 85.5% of them were working in services where the risk of infection was high. The results showed that 85.0% of the individuals did not have anti-HBc and thus were considered candidates for vaccination. The antibody was present in 15.0% of the workers. The prevalence of anti-HBc increased with age and with length of service, and it was greater in laboratory technicians, nurses and those in high-risk services. A total of 23 carriers of hepatitis B surface antigen (AgHBs) were identified. It is argued that the high prevalence of anti-HBc in laboratory technicians, nurses and nurses' aides might justify their systematic vaccination. Summary in English.
||Argentina; vaccination; hospitals; infectious hepatitis
||nursing personnel; laboratory work
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Argentina|
|Broad subject area(s)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)